Story by Lourice Angie
A 58-year-old retired Warwick resident, Christopher McManus, made his regular morning routine stop on Wed., Mar. 21 at the Kwik Mart Deli, located at 10 Oakland Ave. in Warwick. For nearly 40 years he has been buying a coffee and two New York Lottery scratch offs at the deli.
McManus explained that after scratching off the “Win $2,500 for Life” ticket, his initial thought was that he’d won $5. To his surprise, it turned out to be the $2.5 million jackpot! In disbelief, he asked a friend who was in the deli to take a look at the ticket and help him make sense of the reveal.
After confirming that he was, in fact, the jackpot winner, McManus called both of his siblings and went home to tell his mother, whom he cares for. The winning ticket was placed in a safe until he notified lottery officials a few days later.
New York Lottery representative Yolanda Vega visited Warwick to make the special delivery on Tues., Apr. 17. She presented McManus with his $2.5 million jackpot check at the local Kwik Mart. After taxes are taken out of his gross winnings, he walks away with $1.3 million.
McManus says he just wants the process to be over so he can receive the money. When asked what his first plans as a millionaire are, he replied, “Not much will change. I’m going to buy a new truck and make some repairs to my mother’s home. She needs a new door.”
He also plans on purchasing a boat, something that he and his brother have wanted to do for quite some time. McManus will continue his daily morning routine of buying a cup of coffee and of course, more scratch offs.