One 18-year-old has won $1,000 – or, to be accurate, $1,000 every month for the rest of his life.
Robert Salo, who is graduating from high school this month, is the youngest person ever to scoop the ‘Win $1,000 a Week for Life’ scratch card game.
The Brooklyn-based student, who came forward to claim his prize on Tuesday, will rake in more than $3 million, if he lives to be 80-years-old.
Quids in: Robert Salo, 18, won the 'Win $1,000 a Week for Life' scratch off game - he is the youngest person to ever win the prize
Salo said he would be treating himself to a new car with the first installment of the prize money.
'Of course I'd like a Lamborghini or Ferrari, but I think a new BMW is more in my price range,' he said in a news conference.
Ironically, Salo and his family were returning from fetching their car, which had been stolen, from the pound when the teen brought the winning ticket on May 15, reported the New York Daily News.
Struck lucky: The 18-year-old brought the winning $2 ticket at this BP gas station in Brooklyn (while on the way back from collecting his family's stolen car from the pound)
Having collected their 2001 Volkswagen Jetta back, the family stopped for gas which was when Salo brought the $2 ticket.
'When I scratched it, I couldn’t believe it,' he said. 'I thought it was a fake ticket. I had to ask them to pull over — I couldn’t drive and show them at the same time.'
Almost a month later and the teen is still struggling to believe that he brought the winning ticket.
'I was really in a dream when I won,' he said. 'I'm just waking up right now.'
On top of a new set of wheels, Salo plans to put his winnings towards paying for college, where he wants to study electrical engineering.
The win comes as a huge relief for Salo’s single mom, Rabia, who admitted to the Daily News that she had been anxious about how to pay for her son to go to college.
Fingers crossed: Salo, who said it was the first prize he had ever won, plans to buy a new car and pay for college with his winnings
‘I said if I had to work two jobs I would do it, but he’s going to the school he wants,’ she told the paper.
It’s also welcome good news for Salo’s high school, James Madison High, which has hit the headlines recently after one of their teachers was charged with having repeated statutory trysts with one of the students.
Erin Sayer, a 36-year-old mother of one, is accused of seducing football player Kevin Eng, 16, while she was an English teacher the Brooklyn High School.
Sayar was released on $10,000 bond last month after she turned herself into the NYPD Special Victims Squad and was charged with eight counts of third-degree rape and criminal sexual conduct.
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