A Queens construction worker won big bucks on New York Lottery’s “$10,000 a Week for Life” scratch-off after buying his ticket from a Jamaica smoke shop.
Imran Mohammed, 29, was coming home from work when he stopped into M&S Smoke Shop, located at 179-40 Hillside Ave., and bought on of the $20 tickets. When he scratched the ticket, it revealed the “life” symbol, earning him the guaranteed $10,000,000 jackpot prize.
“It was unbelievable,” Mohammed said. “I thought something was wrong with the ticket.”
Mohammed claimed his prize in the form of a trust called The Lucky FSP Trust. He opted to receive the cash value of the guaranteed $10,000,000 prize, netting him $5,036,617 after required withholdings.
While Mohammed has plans for what he’ll do with his winnings, retiring early from construction isn’t one of them.
“I will continue working, but maybe a little less than normal,” Mohammed said. “I’ll use some of the winnings to buy a new house and then invest the rest for the future.”