80-Year-Old Retired New York Principal Wins $326 Million Lotto Jackpot
Retired N.Y. principal hits the jackpot.
Retired School Principal Scores $326 Million Lotto Jackpot
— A New York couple who spent a combined 75 years as educators were announced today as the winners of a $326 million Mega Millions jackpot, the largest in New York Lottery history.
Harold Diamond, 80, of Wurtsboro, and his wife, Carol, accepted a $130,676,438 check – the amount the couple received after taxes and a lump-sum payment – at the same Valero gas station in Middletown, New York, where Diamond purchased the ticket in November.
“My wife and I were driving to Middletown for dinner after voting on Election Day but the weather made us rethink our plans,” Diamond, a school principal who retired in 1995, said in a statement released by lottery officials.
“My wife insisted we stop here to eat and wait for the weather to clear, and I reluctantly agreed,” he said of Carol, a 36-year teaching veteran who retired in 1994.
While the couple ate at a Subway shop inside the service station, Diamond says he saw the Mega Millions jackpot signs and decided to buy decided to buy 10 sets of Quick Pick numbers for $10.
That $10 would turn the Diamonds into multimillionaires, but Diamond says he did not realize it until he was out golfing the next day with friends.
“I put the ticket in my wallet and forgot about it,” he said. “I went to play golf the next day and the guys in the clubhouse were talking about the jackpot-winning ticket someone bought at a Valero on Route 302 and I thought, wait a minute – I bought a ticket there last night!”
When Diamond saw the six winning numbers matched the second set of Quick Pick numbers on his ticket, he went into a “real daze.”
“I was in a dither,” Diamond told lottery officials.
The Diamonds’ decision to take their money in a one-time, lump sum amount means they are now trying to figure out what to do with $130 million.
“I simply can’t envision that kind of money,” he said. “It’s very hard to fathom. We feel very blessed.”
Diamond, who has two adult sons with Carol, told lottery officials his first plans are giving to family and “giving back to the community.”
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Lottery Scammers Get Creative and Put a Cunning Twist on the Classic Scam
BBB of Central Virginia warns that lottery scammers have put a cunning new twist on the classic lottery scam by drawing on the real life story of a Mega Millions winner.
RICHMOND, Va. (PRWEB) October 25, 2018
BBB serving Central Virginia is issuing a scam alert for a new spin on classic lottery scams. Scammers have given a cunning twist on the lottery scam by drawing on the real life story of a Mega Millions winner. Watch out for emails claiming that a recent lottery winner is giving you part of his fortune. It’s a con.
How the Scam Works:
You get an email that appears to come from a man named Harold Diamond. Mr. Diamond is a retired principal who won the largest Mega Millions jackpot in New York lottery history this winter.
The email says Mr. Diamond is giving away part of his fortune to five randomly selected people. You’re so lucky to be selected! To collect the big payday, email Mr. Diamond’s lawyer at the email address provided and mention the verification code provided you. It will prove you’re official. The “lawyer” will have further instructions.
Don’t do it! This scam may draw on current events, but it’s a classic con. If you contact the “lawyer,” he will ask for money under the guise of paying taxes or other fees. No matter how much you send, it won’t be enough!
This scam is has also made its way to our favorite social media platforms. Scammers will set up fake accounts claiming to be the big lottery winner and they will share part of their prize if you like or share a post. These posts could have links in them that would direct users to malware or infect their computer with spyware or viruses.
“Riches might flow to real lottery winners, but misery will flow to others hoping for a freebie,” said Barry N. Moore, President of the BBB serving Central Virginia.
Some Tips to Protect Yourself From a Sweepstakes Scam:
- Don’t pay up to claim your prize: You should never have to pay money or buy products in order to receive a prize. Be VERY wary of wiring money or using a prepaid debit card.
- You can’t win a contest you didn’t enter: You need to buy a ticket or complete an application to participate in a contest or lottery. Be careful if you’ve been selected as a winner for a contest you never entered.
- The only legal lotteries in the United States are the official state-run lotteries. Foreign lotteries are illegal.
Learn more about sweepstakes scams on BBB’s Consumer News and Opinion Blog. To find out more about other scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper (bbb.org/scam)
About BBB serving Central Virginia: Provides service to Richmond, the Tri-Cities, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg, as well as 42 surrounding counties from Fauquier to Mecklenburg and Northumberland to Amherst. The nonprofit organization was established in 1954 to advance responsible, honest, and ethical business practices and to promote customer confidence through self-regulation of business. Core services of BBB include business profiles and BBB ratings, dispute resolution, truth-in advertising, consumer and business education, and charity review.
BBB of Central Virginia warns that lottery scammers have put a cunning new twist on the classic lottery scam by drawing on the real life story of a Mega …