News Articles

Long Island boasts lucky lottery winners

Call them Long Island's luckiest.

Among those receiving ceremonial $1 million checks Tuesday from the New York Lottery were a West Babylon display designer, a Lindenhurst father of three and the representative of the 110 Elmont Memorial High School employees who are splitting evenly their Powerball winnings.

The presentations were made at the Resorts World Casino, Jamaica, Queens.

Ron Hale, a security aide, represented his Elmont school colleagues -- teachers, administrators, custodians, secretaries, teaching assistants and others -- who won $1 million in the Feb. 11 $366 million Powerball drawing, said Christy Calicchia, lottery spokeswoman. If the winnings are spilt equally, each would receive about $5,600 after taxes, she said.

The co-workers, calling themselves Friends Win Together, "routinely pool their money" when jackpots reach $100 million, according to a lottery news release.

Their winning ticket was bought Feb. 11 at the 7-Eleven at 850 Hempstead Tpke. in Franklin Square, New York Lottery officials said.

The day's other check recipients from Long Island were:

Joseph Baboolal, a retail display designer in West Babylon and $1 million winner, who'll receive a one-time lump sum of $661,800, earmarked to help put his son through college and allow him to shave a day off his seven-day work week, according to the release. Baboolal, 47, won the $1million second prize in the Feb. 25 Powerball drawing, having bought his winning Quick Pick ticket at Express, a gas station/food mart at 1901 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park.

Bruce Magistro, father of three in Lindenhurst, expects to use his winnings to pay off his home mortgage and for a vacation in the Caribbean, according to the lottery release.

Magistro, 44, won the top prize in the Extreme Cash scratch-off game, with the $1 million winnings to be paid out in $50,000-a-year installments over 20 years. His annual net checks of $33,090 each are to arrive through 2031, the lottery said. According to the release, Magistro used part of his earlier lottery winnings to buy this ticket at Johnny's Mini Mart, Route 109, West Babylon.