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Video: NYPD Sergeant and Wife Win $65 Million Lottery Jackpot

July 01, 2016  | 

VIDEO: NYPD Sergeant and Wife Win $65 Million Lottery Jackpot

Mega Millions winner Nancy Viola asked her husband, Vito Viola — an NYPD sergeant — to buy Powerball tickets from the 2520 Foodmart in the Willowbrook section of Staten Island on Jan. 8. She had the Powerball fever that was gripping the country.

"Because the jackpot was $900 million," she said. "It was big. It was all everybody was talking about. He didn't listen."

But instead, her husband used a leftover dollar to buy a Quick Pick for the Mega Millions — 11, 39, 51, 57, 75 and a Mega Ball 2

The couple kept the news quiet for months.

"We didn't tell anybody. We kept it a secret," she told the New York Daily News. "It was difficult, but it's exciting now."

Viola and her husband — who joined the NYPD in 2005 and works out of the 120th Precinct — assembled a financial team and claimed the ticket on March 10. They chose to receive the prize as a one-time lump sum payment of $64,796,160.

Both 37, the couple hasn't made any big purchases yet. But Sgt. Viola has already put in for retirement.

Comments (6)

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BT @ 7/2/2016 8:42 AM

Unfortunately, they may likely regret winning that amount, as most
20 million plus winners do within 5-7 years. Their lives are going to
change drastically.

Q @ 7/2/2016 8:44 AM

Give half to victims of violence from both ends of the spectrum.

kevcopAz @ 7/2/2016 8:57 AM

BT, its true many don't know how to handle that large a sum,but based upon the way that they went about keeping it a secret and getting financial help before claiming is a very good sign that they can handle it. I had a brother in law who won 8 million and took the 20 year option.The time is up and the giant house that they bought (on time) and other "expenses have eaten most if not all up. he was a cop too and I thought he could have handled it better, but people are people. Sgt. DO NOT invest in anything just to make more $, you have more then enough so you don't need more. If you are wise you will spend only the interest or profit that you do make on it and leave the principle alone! Give to charity, give to those that would benefit directly, vet closely first. This was a wind fall for you, so be generous to others who are in need and the Lord will guide you and all will be well. Congratulations. Oh you might think of giving all of your retirement to a direct Police charity!

EddieO @ 7/2/2016 6:29 PM

That's awesome! Good for them enjoy !

bob retired @ 7/2/2016 9:19 PM

Good luck... At 15 years you can vest, but Id retire and invest now...

John retired IA PD @ 7/3/2016 2:44 PM

Congratulations. Be careful with your new found wealth. Good luck.

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