NY Man Wins Lottery On His Birthday Thanks To Mom’s Advice

Patrick Clarke says he has his mother to thank for telling him to play the lottery on his 28th birthday — advice that won him a $5 million payday.  The Queens resident, who works as a Delta Airlines ramp agent, said his mother gave him some money for his birthday on Dec. 20 and suggested he buy a scratch-off ticket.   

Clarke said he purchased a single $10 “Set for Life” ticket at the Friendly Deli & Grocery on Saratoga Avenue in Brooklyn while visiting his girlfriend because that’s “always been my mom’s game.”  He said when he scratched the ticket and saw he had won, “I started laughing and dancing all around the house!”  

The jackpot prize on the Set for Life scratch-off ticket has a minimum payout of $5 million. Lottery officials said Clarke opted for the one-time lump sum payment totaling $2,453,693 after required withholdings.  “I was very surprised that I won the jackpot and feel very blessed. It means I won’t have to worry so much,” he said. “There will always be something to worry about, but for once, it won’t be about money.”

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Kraft Heinz To Give All Of Their Salaried Employees The Day After The Super Bowl Off Instead Of Buying Multi-Million Dollar Game Ad

Kraft Heinz plans to give their salaried employees the day after the Super Bowl off, in a stunt they hope will drum up enough publicity to substitute a pricey game ad.

Giving their salaried employees the day off will also be pricey, but the good press around 'Smunday' could make it worth their while.  In addition to promoting the effort in online videos released Wednesday, the company also started a Change.org petition to turn the Monday after the Super Bowl into a national holiday. 

  If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the company says they will sent it to Congress for consideration.

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