From the Daily News:
A Queens construction worker who just won $1 million in the New York State lottery plans to use the cash to bring his wife and eight children here from Ecuador.
"This is the best Christmas present," said Florencio Guaman, 64, of Jackson Heights, who hasn't seen his family in 15 years.
"I just remember their faces vaguely," he said during a ceremony at Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park Monday. "I even began forgetting about their birthdays. I left them behind when they were children and now they are grown men and women.
"Some of them have children of their own," he said.
As soon as Guaman won the scratchoff New York Black on Nov. 23 during a stop at the K&L Dairy Farm store on 37th Ave. in Flushing, Queens, he knew right away what he would do with his winnings.
"I scratched the ticket and showed it to my friend, the clerk and we both started jumping around," he said. "I began dreaming. Maybe I don't have to just speak on the phone anymore."
Guaman left his native Azogues in Ecuador when his oldest children were teenagers. Now, they are in their early 30s.
"It has been very difficult for me, to be so far away," he said.
Guaman's immigration documents do not allow him to leave the country, so he said he will bring his family here soon for a visit on tourist visas.