2012-09-20 / Front Page

Million-dollar Lottery Winner Gets New Weed-wacker

Simple needs

Billy Mascio won $1 million in the Powerball Lottery game and after purchasing a new SUV for his wife, the Mahopac resident purchased himself a weed-wacker.

"I'm simple kind of guy," said Mascio during a news conference last Thursday outside the Mobil Mart on Route 6 and Baldwin Place Road, several yards from the Putnam-Westchester county line when NYS Lottery officials introduced the state's latest lottery millionaire.

Mascio, 60, a steam fitter, has been playing the same lottery numbers for 20 years: "They stand for family birthdays--3,7,11,15 and 28. Twenty-nine was the Powerball number. I needed six numbers so I picked my late dog Rocky's birthday--Dec.29. If the dog would have been born on December 12 I would have won the entire $232 million since the winning Power Ball was number 12.  I blame it on the dog," he said with a grin.

Mascio, who visits the 7-11 each day, stopped off at the store Aug. 9 the day after the drawing to check his ticket: "A message on the ticket checker appeared: 'Big Winner!' I thought I won a couple of thousand dollars and went home to check them out on my computer. Only then did it start to sink in. I won $1 million."

His wife of 33 years, Kathryn, who grew up in Carmel and is the daughter of Ray and the late Peggy Carter, was working at the time. "I freaked out when realizing the numbers were for real," she said.

The couple claimed their winning ticket at the Lottery Center in Fishkill several weeks later after conferring with an accountant and each received a net check totaling $330,900.

Billy and Kathryn don't expect many major changes in their lives: "We want to fix up the house, pay down the mortgage, share our good fortune with our three grown daughters--Michele, Erin and Robin and enjoy life," said Billy.



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