A New York plumber and his son are multimillionaires after sitting on a winning Powerball ticket because they thought the jackpot had been won by a teacher.
Anthony Perosi of Staten Island says he was on his way to do an inspection March 14 when he stopped at the 7-Eleven where he always buys lottery tickets when he is in the area.
Perosi, 56, was at a bar a week later when another patron said the winning Powerball ticket had been won at that same 7-Eleven. The bartender, he says, told him it was a teacher who had won the $136 million jackpot.
“I said, ‘Let me check those tickets…I didn’t see anybody in the news or the paper that won,’” Perosi recalled. “The first one I checked, all the numbers matched.
Perosi, a plumber for the past 38 years, says he plans to keep working too, “just maybe not as hard.”
“There’s really nothing I ever wanted, anything expensive, I’m not that type of person,” said Perosi, whose net check will total $38.6 million. “I drive a Ford F-150 and I never had a need for a Bentley or a Rolls-Royce.