Brooklynites win millions in lottery scratch-offs

May 29, 2014 Heather Chin
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Bensonhurst resident Geraldine Pollice, 45, couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the six zeroes on her Maximum Millions ticket, purchased at the Smoke Stax III store on 18th Avenue in April. “I saw a match on the number 38 and then all the zeroes and thought, this can’t be true,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it because I didn’t have my glasses.”

But it was true. She and her husband Fredinando, 46, are now millionaires, splitting the $5 million prize money—just over $3 million after taxes—which they plan to invest in a new car, home and retirement savings.

Bay Ridge 21-year-old Euglen Muslli also won a jackpot, claiming the lump sum of his $1,500 A Week For Life winnings, which totals $740,626 after taxes. The Albania native described the win as another part of his American dream-come-true. “It was my dream to have. . . a lot of money to spend on things I want. I never thought it would actually happen,” he said.

Muslli plans to use his winnings to help family, buy a house and potentially open an Italian restaurant.

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