A “soon-to-be engaged” couple from Sayville and a New York City police officer from Commack are among four lottery winners who will split a total of $16.2 million in prizes, officials announced Wednesday.
The winners, who also included Williamsburg and Washington Heights residents, received ceremonial prize checks Wednesday during an event at Resorts World Casino in Queens.
Sayville residents Helen “Ellie” Krepela and Christopher Finno are animal lovers who won a $7.7 million Lotto jackpot in the May 27 drawing, according to a news release from the New York State Gaming Commission.
The couple only recently started buying lottery tickets together, and Krepela, a dental worker, purchased their ticket during a stop for gas. The lucky ticket was purchased at the Sayville Service Station on Railroad Avenue.
Krepela, 46, said she was “freaking out” when she realized that she and her boyfriend — a general contractor — had won.
“I called Chris on his way to work,” Krepela said. “I had to put the store owner on the phone with him before he would believe me.” She added that she and Finno, 50, spent the rest of the day second-guessing their good fortune.
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