One retired Ozone Park resident got in it — and then she won it.
Edna Aguayo bought a CASH4LIFE lottery ticket at Waldbaum’s in Howard Beach earlier this month and matched all six numbers from the July 14 contest — 9-19-34-37-49 Cash Ball 2 — becoming the first person to win the $1,000-a-day for life grand prize.
In a statement released by the New York Lottery, Aguayo said a psychic told her to try her luck 16 years ago and when she saw the name of the game, she had to take a chance.
“I was in an amusement park and went to see a reader.She told me to buy ‘for life’ lottery tickets because she could see that one day I was going to hit a ‘for life’ prize,” she said. “I thought I would win the second prize.I didn’t think I was ever going to win the top prize.”
After required withholding she will receive a net check totaling $227,410 every year for the rest of her life.
The game, played in New York and New Jersey, offers two chances to win. Matching all five numbers and the Cash Ball wins the grand prize. The five numbers without the Cash Ball wins the second prize.