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It’s goodbye, Staten Island, aloha, Hawaii, for this $245.6 million Powerball winner.
“I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii,” newly minted multimillionaire Nandlall Mangal said Thursday.
But other than that, he has no plans.
“I’m sure my life is gonna change a lot,” he told reporters.
“It’s a lot of money,” Mangal said. “I have no idea what’s going to happen,” aside from that trip to the tropics.
And this: When he actually sees the money, “I’ll probably pass out.”
Mangal, 42, bought a $6 Quick Pick ticket on Aug. 11 while picking up groceries at the Stop & Shop supermarket on Hylan Boulevard.
The Guyanese immigrant, a carpenter who lives with his wife in a humble ranch home in New Dorp, remembers putting away his groceries and tossing aside the ticket.
He didn’t learn he was filthy rich for days, after he heard no one had claimed the winnings and he figured he should look at his ticket before throwing it out.
“The ticket sat on my kitchen table for a week because I was out of town,” on vacation in Ocean City, Md., he said.
“I really don’t check the ticket that often,” Mangal said of the few times he has bought one, generally when the jackpot goes north of $100 million.
“Who’s going to think they won the lotto?”
The lump-sum payout, which Mangal is assigning to a trust he named “Sea & Sand,” totals $99,321,975 after withholdings.
“I like sea and sand,” he explained.
Next-door neighbor Alex Zub, 20, told The Post that Mangal and his wife live alone in their three-bedroom home.
They don’t have kids, and occasionally invite family over for backyard parties.
“He’s quiet, he’s straightforward in his speech,” said the neighbor, remembering one instance when Mangal came to him with a complaint about loud music.
“Even when he’s angry, he’s still trying to be nice.”
Mangal hasn’t quit his job — “I like working,” he says — and hadn’t even told his co-workers of his good fortune.
“They’re finding out right now,” he told the press.
“Sorry, guys, I apologize.”
His wider family, too, learned about it only on Thursday — and he has a warning for any long-lost relatives who might come out of the woodwork.
“If I didn’t know them two weeks ago,” he quipped, “I don’t know them today.”
Additional reporting by Reuven Fenton
A Staten Island man has become an instant multi-millionaire after winning a $245 million Powerball jackpot. Nandlall Mangal, 42, didn’t learn of his good fortune until a week after the winning drawing.
Staten island lottery winner
(Sept. 27, 2018) – Forty-two-year-old Nandlall Mangal, from Staten Island, has come forward to claim the $245.6 million sole jackpot-winning ticket from the August 11, 2018 Powerball drawing.
Mangal, said he purchases his Lottery tickets when the jackpots reach $100 million. “I was grocery shopping and knew the Powerball jackpot was big,” he explained. “I decided that was a good time to buy my tickets.”
Mangal purchased a $6 Quick Pick ticket for that night’s drawing and left it on his kitchen table. “The ticket sat on my kitchen table for a week because I was out of town. I checked the website when I got back and was surprised that I won the jackpot!”
Staten Island’s newest Lottery multi-millionaire claimed his prize in the form of a trust. On behalf of The Sea & Sand Trust, he has chosen to receive his Powerball prize as a one-time lump sum payment totaling $99,321,975 after required withholdings.
When asked how it feels to be a new Lottery multi-millionaire Mangal said, “Shocking! Right now I just plan to relax and see where it goes from there.”
Mangal did say he plans to use a portion of his winnings to travel. “I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii.”
The winning ticket was purchased at the Stop & Shop on Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island.
Mangal is the 91st New York Lottery player to claim a prize totaling $1,000,000 or more this year.
The New York Lottery contributed $ 1,337,283,719 in Lottery Aid to Education to school districts throughout the five boroughs of New York City during fiscal year 2017-2018.
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(Sept. 27, 2018) – Forty-two-year-old Nandlall Mangal, from Staten Island, has come forward to claim the $245.6 million sole jackpot-winning ticket from the August 11, 2018 Powerball drawing. Mangal, said he purchases his Lottery tickets when the jackpots reach $100 million. “I was grocery shopping and knew the Powerball jackpot was big,” he explained. “I decided that was a good time to buy my tickets.”