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Man dons disguise to claim lottery jackpot

Apr 17, 2008, 10:44 am

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New York Lottery

A New York lottery winner said he disguised himself with a marker-drawn beard when he accepted his prize to protect his new fortune from thieves.

Michael Perez, 51, said he used a marker to draw a goatee on his face and further disguised himself with a hat and sunglasses so thieves would not recognize him while he accepted the $14 million ceremonial check from the New York Lottery, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

I've got to look out for my family, Perez said of his disguise.

Perez, a former warehouse worker who recently became unemployed, said he used a portion of his income-tax refund to buy a lottery ticket with six randomly chosen numbers: 1, 8, 10, 31, 52 and 57.

The choice paid off for Perez in the state's April 1 drawing.

The first thing I want to do is take care of all my debts, he said. But before I do anything serious, I've got to go to Disney World.

Thanks to JackpotWanna for the tip

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