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Lottery: Woodside woman wins $7 million

Pronto Lotto by Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave subway

Aug. 31, 2017 By Christian Murray

A 26-year-old Woodside woman who bought a CASH4LIFE ticket in Elmhurst last month struck it big, winning $7 million.

Yangi Sherpa, who works as an administrative assistant, said she was making deliveries for her employer when she decided to buy a Lottery ticket.

“My father plays all the games and suggested I play CASH4LIFE. Why? I don’t know!” Sherpa said.

Sherpa bought her ticket at Pronto Lotto on 74th Street in Elmhurst. “I scanned my ticket the following day without really thinking about winning anything. When it said ‘big winner’ I brought it home and checked it four or five times before telling my parents.

Sherpa, who won on July 17, opted to receive her prize as a one-time lump sum payment. She will receive a net check totaling $4,361,280 after required withholdings.

“Luck is luck – there is no explanation,” said Sherpa of her windfall. “There are lucky people in this world, and today I am one of them.”

Sherpa plans to purchase a new house for her family with the winnings.

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