June 18, 2015 Staff Report
The Smoke Shop, located at 45-20 Queens Blvd, sold a scratch-off ticket earlier this month that yielded the purchaser $5 million.
The winner, who the New York State Lottery Commission won’t name, bought a “Cash X 100” ticket for $20.
Patel Ronak, who works at the store, said he and his colleagues weren’t sure who purchased the ticket. He said that the winner did not return to the store to notify them.
The name of the winner will be announced in about four weeks, according to Christy Calicchia, a spokeswoman for the New York Lottery.
She said that with scratch-off cards the store does not get a bonus for selling the ticket unlike with Powerball and Mega Millions.
The winner will get the choice to take the $5 million as a lump sum or in installments.
If taken as a lump sum, the winner would receive about $3.1 million after taxes.