Nancy Viola is the overnight millionaire from Staten Island. The homemaker and her husband became instant wealthy people after they found out their Quick Pick ticket was a winner!
It’s been definitely a good year for Nancy Viola who back in January asked her husband to buy Powerball tickets from the 2520 Foodmart in the Willowbrook section of Staten Island. In early January the jackpot was $900 million dollars; Viola recalled saying “It was big. It was all everybody was talking about. He didn’t listen.”
Her hubby ended up messing out her request and got a Quick Pick for the Mega Millions jackpot. A happy Nancy Viola now acknowledges it was a good mistake.
The next day, Viola checked the Mega Millions ticket online. She revealed during a press conference held today in Manhattan:
“The first thing I did was look at the Mega Ball, and the numbers matched up. Then I looked at the rest of the numbers, and they matched up too. I think I almost had a heart attack,” she said. “I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing, so I asked my husband to come over to look. He just kept looking at the screen three or four times, and he was in shock too.”
37-year-old Viola came to the Lottery’s Beaver Street Customer Service Center March 10 to claim her jackpot prize.
According to reports, the couple kept it a secret and cleverly sought financial advice. She and her husband they setup a foundation called The Orbity Fund LLC to cash the check and chose to receive the prize as a one-time lump sum payment of $64,796,160.
Clearly still taken by the sudden life changing event, Nancy Viola said, when asked how it feels to be a new Lottery multi-millionaire “There are no words to describe it. I still can’t believe it. It’s surreal, but exciting and wonderful at the same time. I’ve thought about my plans, and I want to make some investments and just be secure for the future.”
Nancy and her family are yet to make any big purchases. What would you do in Nancy Viola’s place?