Stanley Muraski has played New York’s Set For Life scratch-off ticket for years and has one simple reason for that dedication.
â€œI always seem to win on that ticket,â€ said the 80- year-old retiree from Waterford, New York.
And so he did. Big time.
Muraskiâ€™s winning ways continued earlier this month when his matching numbers earned him the jackpot prize guaranteeing him a $5,000,000 payday.
â€œI won $10 on a Set For Life ticket earlier that morning. I went in to cash it and decided to buy another one with the winnings. I guess I made the right decision,â€ he explained.
Muraski purchased his ticket in Waterford.
The top prize on the Set For Life ticket guarantees a minimum payout of $5,000,000 to be paid over 20 years. Muraski will receive his $5,000,000 in 19 annual payments of $260,000 (net $172,068) and one additional payment of $60,000 (net $39,708). After that, he will continue to receive an annual net payment of $172,068 for the rest of his life.
â€œI never really thought I would actually hit the big one, so this is very exciting,â€ admitted Muraski. â€œMy plans for the money are pretty standard. Pay off some bills and help friends and family. But, there is one thing Iâ€™ve always wanted to do. Iâ€™ve always wanted to travel to Rome, Italy, and wake up in the morning and hear the church bells. I think that dream will finally come true.â€
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