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Bayside local wins $2G a week for life

It pays to be picky.
Scott Margolin of Bayside made two key decisions on his coffee break on October 21 that net him a guaranteed $2 million from the New York Lottery. The first of which was choosing to go to 7-Eleven with his friend, Eric Jaklitsch, on their 3:30 p.m. coffee break.
“My buddy wanted to go someplace else and even opened their door but I said, ‘no, 7-Eleven French roast is the best. Let’s go there,’” said Margolin.
The second decision was upgrading from their usual one and two dollar scratch games to the five dollar Win $2,000 A Week for Life ticket.
“The two dollar ticket is only one thousand dollars a week for life, and that’s good . . . But if I’m going to win, I want to win big,” said Margolin during a press conference at 7-Eleven on Bell Boulevard, the site of his win.
After scratching his card and seeing three Ws indicating his win, Margolin was in disbelief but knew exactly how he will spend his money. After recently selling his boat, Margolin plans to upgrade to a 26-foot Baja Outlaw powerboat.
As the top prize winner on the instant game, he is guaranteed a minimum prize payout of $2 million which he will receive in increments over the next 20 years. According to the New York Lottery, his payments will continue past 20 years as long as he is alive.
Yolanda Vega, who presented Margolin of a novelty check made it clear that if “you keep living, we’ll keep paying.”
Despite the triumph, Margolin says he will continue to play scratch games in an effort to push his good fortune to the limit.
“Now, maybe I’ll upgrade to a $10 dollar card,” said Margolin.
Margolin’s win marks the tenth Lottery winner of $1 million or more in Queens in 2010.

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