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New York man wins scratch-off lottery game twice

By Daniel Uria
A construction worker from Long Island won a scratch-off lottery game for the second time since 2011. Bruce Magistro is still receiving payments from his "Extreme Cash" win and will now receive $1,000 a week after his second lottery win. Magistro said much of the money from his first win was spent on medical treatments for his late wife. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
A construction worker from Long Island won a scratch-off lottery game for the second time since 2011. Bruce Magistro is still receiving payments from his "Extreme Cash" win and will now receive $1,000 a week after his second lottery win. Magistro said much of the money from his first win was spent on medical treatments for his late wife. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

LONG ISLAND, N.Y., May 11 (UPI) -- A New York man won a million dollar scratch-off lottery game for the second time in five years.

Bruce Magistro, a 48-year-old construction worker, bought his second winning ticket at Mike's Super Citgo in the town of West Babylon on Long Island on April 11 after winning $1 million from an "Extreme Cash" game in 2011.

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"The first one I told before my fiancée was my son," he told the New York Daily News. "He was in the shower, and I said, 'I told you Pop was going to win twice.'"

After his most recent win in the "Week for life" game, Magistro opted to receive payments of $1,000 a week for the rest of his life as opposed to $1 million in cash.

"I'm going to take the annual payments. It's under mine and my son's name so my kids will be able to enjoy it after I pass as their inheritance," he said.

Magistro is still receiving $33,090 after taxes every year from his first lottery win, but said most of that money went to medical treatments for his late wife, who died of lung cancer.

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"The last time, my wife was sick and needed the money for bills and everything, It gave me the opportunity to stay home with my wife for three years," he said. "This time, hopefully, I'll invest it and make more money off of it."

He added that he'll continue playing the lottery and chasing a third win.

"I'm hoping to win three times," Magistro said. "You just got to believe. You never know."

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