Three People Bought Winning $8.3 Million Lottery Ticket at One Store

by Liz Holland
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Good things can come in threes, too. In an unlikely series of events, three adults purchase jackpot-winning lottery tickets from the same Manhattan convenience store. 

When the winning lottery numbers were announced in Wednesday night’s draw, no one would think there were 3 winners from the same place. It’s even less likely that all of these winners tickets game from the exact same store. According to an article published by the New York Post, an employee at the convenience store did not know when the tickets were purchased. The employee also did not know if the tickets were bought at one time by a group, or at different times.

Per the New York Lottery, each of the three winners will receive $2.76 million in winnings before taxes. The chances of winning the lottery are 1 in 45 million, making the coincidence of these wins even more impressive.

Let’s Get Lucky

Reports seem to show that it is a good year to be living in New York and playing the lottery. On Thursday night, a player living in the Bronx won $43,554 in the TAKE5 evening draw. 

Big lottery wins for New Yorkers are surprisingly common when considering how unlikely it is to win lottery money at all. 

Just two months ago, an anonymous winner claimed a $432 Mega Million jackpot. Responsible for selling the winning ticket was a Manhattan pizza spot. This winner marks one of 34 of New Yorkers that have claimed minimum $1 million dollar lottery wins just this year.

Lottery Money Talks

While winning the lottery may seem like a dream come true to many, it’s not always a healthy event. When someone wins the lottery, they often find ways to claim their money in a way that hides their identity. Previous lottery winners have faced threats, stalkers, and murder–as a result, many who win wish to protect themselves.

Safety issues aside, lottery winnings for most common folk is overwhelming and in some cases, life-ruining. In an interview with TIME magazine, lottery-winner specific financial consultant Don McCay speaks about winners. “So many of them wind up unhappy or wind up broke. People have had terrible things happen. People commit suicide. People run though their money. Easy comes, easy goes. They go through divorce or people die… It’s just upheaval that they’re not ready for. It’s the curse of the lottery because it made their lives worse instead of improving them,” McCay says.

2006 Missouri lottery winner Sandra Hayes points out the emotional stressors that come with winning. In a 2012 comment to The Associated Press, Hayes opens up. “I had to endure the greed and the need that people have, trying to get you to release your money to them. That caused a lot of emotional pain. These are people who you’ve loved deep down. They’re turning into vampires trying to suck the life out of me,” Hayes shares.

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