Central New York’s Biggest Lottery Winner of 105 Million May Still Work
A 58 year-old electrical engineer is central New York's biggest lottery winner after hitting a $105 million Mega Million jackpot and says he may still work.
Wayne Harris of Homer said his strategy is picking numbers out of thin air. “I picked them all myself, but none of them have any special meaning. I just picked them at random."
I might consider taking on some jobs if I get bored
Harris, who shares a house with his father said he checked the winning numbers online the morning after the drawing. “I don’t get too excited about things. I woke my father and he thought it was pretty great. It still hasn’t sunk in for me yet.”
Instead of receiving $105,000,000 in 30 annual payments, Harris chose the lump sum and will receive $66,455,696, $43,980,380 after taxes.
As a general contractor, Harris said he has not ruled out going back to work once the initial shock wears off. “I might consider taking on some jobs if I get bored." But he plans to buy a plane first and take flying lessons.
Asked what advice he would give to other Lottery jackpot hopefuls Harris said, “You’ll never know how lucky you are unless you play. It’s not a lot of money to risk to win a lot.”
The winning numbers for the September 22 Mega Millions drawing were: 05 – 39 – 54 – 63 – 66 and Mega Ball 15. Harris purchased his winning New York lottery ticket at the Mirabito Convenience Store at 7073 Route 281 in Preble.