An overseas Vietnamese living in Utica, the US, has won a million dollar after buying a scratch-off lottery ticket at a store on his way home from work.
"We are here at Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel to introduce Oneida County's first lottery millionaire of 2012," said a spokeswoman for the New York State Lottery on February 14 when the award ceremony was underway.
On January 13, Hung Tran played a scratch-off lottery game called ‘20 Times the Money’ - a game that has turned into a real-life cash flow.
"On this particular game, the odds on this game were one in 2.6 million," said Christy Calicchia of the New York State Lottery.
The payout breaks down to $33,000 a year through 2031.
Tran who speaks very little English had no problems reading the zeros on his check. Through a translator, he said on February 14 that he will put the money into his retirement fund, and send some of the payout to his family in Vietnam.
The translator said “he was very humble and excited about winning when entering our customer service centre in Syracuse to claim his prize."
Tran had bought the ticket at Hannaford on Mohawk Street in Utica. WKTV News