Eighteen-year-old Robert Salo of Brooklyn does not buy Lottery tickets often. The soon-to-graduate high school senior said his recent purchase of a top-prize winning Win $1,000 A Week For Life ticket was a fluke.
“I just had a feeling,” said Salo of his decision to buy the $2 ticket. “Something drew me to it,” he continued. “It was like I was in the right place at the right time.” Salo purchased his $2 Win $1,000 A Week For Life scratch-off ticket May 14 during a stop at Coney Island Convenience on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn.
“It feels like I’m living in a dream,” said the future electrical engineer. “One minute, I’m driving around with my mom and uncle, and the next I’m yelling at them to pull over because I won a million dollars. We all thought it was a joke at first and then we were like, ‘Yeah! Okay! Wow!'”
Salo said after showing the ticket to his mother and uncle, he never let the ticket out of his sight again until he could claim it the following day at the Lottery’s Customer Service Center in Manhattan. “I hugged it the whole night,” he laughed.
As a top prize winner on the Win $1,000 A Week For Life scratch-off, Salo is guaranteed to receive a minimum payment of $1,000,000 over 20 years. Once the $1,000,000 prize has been realized, he will continue to receive an annual check for $52,000 (net $32,398) a year for life.
Salo said he plans to fulfill his dream of going to college and pursuing a career in electrical engineering, but he’s excited about some of the perks he’ll be able to enjoy along the way.
“Of course I’d like a Lamborghini or Ferrari, but I think a new BMW is more in my price range,” said the young Lottery millionaire. “Eventually, I’d like to buy a house, but for right now, I just want to enjoy life to the fullest.”
He’s one of several winners from Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island getting their ceremonial checks on Tuesday.
Television station NY 1 identified the store where the lotto was purchased at As 2317 Coney Convenience Inc On Coney Island Avenue.