The Northern Westchester Examiner

Somers Gas Attendant Wins $1M in Powerball

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For Darwin Morales of Somers, a $20 tip he received while working as a gas attendant at a Bedford service station turned out to be more than good fortune on May 4.

Morales, 25, a native of Guatemala who moved to New York seven years ago to be near family, invested $14 of that tip on the New York State Lottery Powerball jackpot, which had grown to $193 million. “I got off work and was talking with another attendant about how big the jackpot was for that night and it reminded me to play,” he said.

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Darwin Morales of Somers, wins $1 mil Powerball.

Armed with seven sets of Quick Pick numbers, Morales matched the first five numbers, minus the Powerball, to win the second place prize of $1 million. Morales didn’t realize he had won until a week later when he reported to work at another station owned by his employer at Bedford Shell.

“I was drinking my coffee when I heard some people talking about a winning Powerball ticket sold at the other station,” Morales recalled at a press conference last week in Fishkill with the New York Lottery’s well known personality Yolanda Vega. “I remembered I still had my ticket in my wallet. I checked and sure enough!”

The new Lottery millionaire said his life has changed dramatically in a short time.

“I moved here because my family is here. New York is a magic place for a lot of people,” Morales said. “My town in Guatemala is so small it doesn’t even have a name. There are 17 houses in my town, that’s it.”

Morales chose to receive his prize in one lump sum, which after taxes totals $611,800. The odds of winning the second prize in Powerball are 1 in 5.1 million.

In 2012-13, the New York Lottery contributed $70.8 million in Lottery Aid To Education to school districts throughout Westchester County.

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