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Lucky man bags second P500 million lottery prize in 2 years

By Brooke Villanueva Published Dec 09, 2023 12:33 pm

What a lucky man!

A man in New York won another $10 million (over P500 million) from a scratch-off ticket a year after bagging the same amount from a different lottery game.

According to the New York Lottery, Wayne Murray of Brooklyn took home the grand prize from its 200X scratch-off game this year—with a single lump sum payment amounting to $6,122,400 (over P340 million) after required withholdings. He got the ticket at a gas station in the city.

In 2022, the man won the same cash prize from NY Lottery's Black Titanium ticket, which he also bought from the same store.

The man is one of the lucky few who have scored the lottery jackpot more than once. Early this year, a construction worker named Pharris Frank got the $2 million (P108.5 million) top prize, bringing home about $855,000 (P46.4 million) via a lump sum option and after taxes. This happened after he hit the $1 million (P54.2 million) jackpot in 2021.

He told North Carolina Education Lottery that a day before winning for the second time, he was talking to his friend and had a feeling he'll win again.

"It's crazy because the day before I won, my buddy was asking me how it felt to win $1 million," he recalled. "I told him that I was going to double it."

"I didn't know if I was dreaming or not," he added. "I was just in shock for a while."

In an interview with ABC News, the couple said they were looking to use it for a vacation.