Retired Principal Wins New York Lottery Jackpot for $326 Million!
When you listen to your wife people make fun of you, they call you names and all, but here’s a man who’s proven you (I mean those who won’t listen to their wives!) wrong. When the wifey says something, you need to listen because sometimes you just won’t believe your eyes! Take a look at the case of Harold Diamond, a retired principal of the George L. Cook Elementary School in Monticello, who instantly became a millionaire because he listened to his wife and didn’t argue! This 80-year old ex-principal says that if it wasn’t for his 74-year old wife Carol, he wouldn’t have stopped at a gas station, bought the winning ticket and become a millionaire overnight. I’m thinking and wondering why it’s mostly the old people who win the lottery… it’s beyond my understanding, but maybe I’ll break that code soon…
From Retired to Famous!
Harold Diamond won the New York Lotto jackpot for a staggering amount of $326 million and earlier this month he was announced as the sole winner of this gigantic fortune as well as the biggest price in New York Lottery history. He was quoted saying, “I always listen to what she says,” when we went to collect his over-sized check. On Election Day, the couple were in their car heading somewhere when there began signs of a storm. Seeing that, Carol insisted that they stop at the gas station to wait the storm out. When they were eating lunch at the Valero on Route 302 in Middletown, a flashing Mega Millions banner caught the retired principal’s eye and he decided to spend $10 for 10 sets of Quick Pick numbers.
He was quoted saying,
“I put the ticket in my wallet and forgot about it. 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!”
As soon as the results were announced Harold rushed home only to find out that he was the sole winner of a massive fortune. Harold, who retired in 1995, said that he was dazzled, excited and thrilled to know that he was a winner. He went to claim his winnings with Carol and was presented with his gigantic check by the New York Lottery’s Yolanda Vega. He chose to take a lump sum of $19 million, which will come to about $130 million after taxes! That is a lot of money Harold! As for what he’ll do with the winnings, well he plans to help his family and give back to the lottery community. He also plans to take a trip to Hawaii for their 55th anniversary! He said,
“’I simply can’t envision that kind of money. It’s very hard to fathom. We feel very blessed.”