Thursday, July 31, 2008

Chauffeur can now afford his own driver

A Queens man accustomed to chauffeuring around millionaires just hit the fast lane himself.

Marcos Penteado, 57, of Astoria, won a $1 million prize in the $20 lottery scratchoff game $500 million Extravaganza.

He was joined at a ceremony for winners on Tuesday by Sharon Miltz, 53, a stay-at-home grandmother from Flatbush, Brooklyn, who got the top prize in Win $2,000 a Week for Life, a $5 scratchoff game.

Penteado said he has purchased two scratchoff tickets every payday since he emigrated from Brazil 14 years ago. Still, he said, he "couldn't believe it" when he scratched the winning ticket.

He assumed he had hit for a modest sum, and then "more zeroes started to show."

"I always thought someday down the road I would hit it big," he said. "It happened sooner than I thought."

$1M chauffeur hits the fast lane

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