Tawanda Almedino of Rochester, New York, started her career at Monroe Community Hospital in the food service department in 1999.
Today, youâ€™ll find the thirty-four-year-old mother of three, now a Licensed Practical Nurse, tending to patients at the long-term care facility by day and studying for her Registered Nursing degree at night.
And, Almedino, New Yorkâ€™s newest winner on theÂ Win $1,000 A Week For Life instant game, said she wonâ€™t let her sudden wealth get in the way on her long-term plans.
â€œI set out to get my degree as a Registered Nurse and thatâ€™s what I plan to do,â€ said the determined winner. â€œWinning the Lottery is exciting, but it doesnâ€™t change my mind.Â I plan to continue working at [Monroe Community Hospital] and finish school. Thatâ€™s the goal Iâ€™ve set for myself.â€
Almedino bought her $2Â Win $1,000 A Week For Life scratch off ticket at a Wegmanâ€™s store in Rochester.
â€œI buy a few Lottery tickets a month but I have to admit I never have too much luck,â€ said the surprised winner. â€œWhen I scratched the three â€˜lifeâ€™ symbols and realized what I won I managed to stay pretty calm. It was my co-workers who started screaming and jumping up and down.â€
Like all â€œFor Lifeâ€ top prizes, the guaranteed minimum prize on theÂ Win $1,000 A Week For Life ticket is paid as a 20-year annuity. Almedino will receive her $1,000,000 minimum prize in 19 annual payments of $52,000 (net $34,336) and one additional payment of $12,000 (net $7,924). A
fter sheâ€™s received her guaranteed $1,000,000, she will continue to receive annuitized payments for life. Almedino plans to use a portion of her prize to help pay college costs for herself and her children. As for her other plans, the working mother said she wants to keep it simple.
â€œI already have a good job, a nice home and three healthy kids.Â I always told them if I won the Lottery, I would take us all on a trip to Disney.Â I want to make good on my promise.â€
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