New scratchcard game creates its first millionaire

Friday December 3rd 2010

A New York Lottery instant scratchcard game which hit shelves on November 2 created its first millionaire in under a month. 65-year-old Robert Robinson, who has been buying lotto tickets for the past 30 years, got the shock of his life as he scratched off the front of a $10 extended play bingo game. After coming to terms with the win, the former Metropolitan Transport Authority employee was understandably keen to keep his scratchcard close until he could cash it in.

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He said: “I put the ticket in my wallet and put the wallet under my pillow every night,” he said. “That’s where it stayed until I could turn it in on Monday.”

Mr Robinson will now receive a one-off net lump sum of $660,300 instead of yearly payments. Cashword is the only other instant lottery game which offers a lump sum instead of payouts spread over a number of years.

According to the New York Lottery, Mr Robinson is the second person from Hudson to win a $1million instant game prize this year. In April, Linda Baker had her life transformed when she bought a Big Money scratchcard in Valatie, Columbia County.

Written by Katelin Thompson

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