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Valley Stream Woman Wins $1M a Year for Life


New York State Lottery winner Yuliya Lankri, left, won the $1 Million A Year for Life game (Courtesy of New York State Lottery)

A 37-year-old from Valley Stream homemaker won the New York Lottery’s $1 Million A Year for Life game, making her one of 10 lottery winners on Long Island awarded Thursday.

Yuliya Lankri, a mother of three, said she emigrated from Russia in 1991. She got the winning scratch-off-ticket from her husband as a Hanukkah gift.


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“I thought it was a joke,” said Lankri. “I am still in disbelief.”

Her husband bought the winning ticket at Dmars Minimart on Jamaica Avenue in Queens Village.

Lottery officials awarded Lankri at their Garden City claim office along with nine others who won various games, including five people who spilt a ticket at their Wantagh workplace.

They include Bernett Shaw, a 54-year-old retired New York City corrections officer and grandmother-to-be from Central Islip who was shocked to learn she won about $2 million in the Money for Life scratch-off game. She bought her ticket at K & H Cards & Gifts on Main Street in Islip.

Dominick Morana, 45, and his wife, Diana, a couple from Massapequa, won at least $5,000,000 with a Set For Life scratch-off ticket that the moving company manager bought at Iqbal’s Associates on North Broadway in Massapequa on his way home from work. Like his godparents who won a $72,000,000 Mega Millions jackpot last year, he plans to share the winnings with his immediate family.

Five office workers who got together won $1 million in the Powerball Power Play.

In all, lottery officials handed out $29 million in symbolic checks at the press conference.

-With Associated Press.

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