Odd Odds - Couple Wins Multimillion Dollar Jackpot Twice In Ten Years
NEW YORK - How lucky can you get?
Adeline and Eugene Angelo won $5 million Thursday after buying the winning ticket in last week's New York Lotto. In 1996, they won $2.5 million after splitting a $10 million jackpot with three other people.
Eugene Angelo, 81, said he and his wife would share their new fortune with their three sons and their families. Taking the lump-sum payment of $2.5 million, Eugene and Adeline and each of their sons will get about $513,000 before taxes.
"We're a little older, a little wiser and there are a few more of us, when you count the grandkids," Eugene Angelo said. "We're still the same old people. Still very excited. It's a great feeling."
Adeline Angelo, 74, a retired medical secretary, said she hoped the new money will "buy us good health and longevity."
With the winnings from their last big prize, the couple moved from the Bronx to Putnam County, about 50 miles north of the city. Eugene Angelo said they would continue to live modestly. And still buy lottery tickets, "just for the fun of it," his wife added.
Acting Lottery Director Gardner Gurney said this was only the third time in Lotto's history that a winner has hit the jackpot twice. The odds of winning just once were 22.5 million to one.
"The Angelos are living proof that lightning, or in this case, random luck, can strike twice," he said.