Nov 3, 2009, 7:30 am
Mi Hyun Moon walked into a Queens deli to get $5 in change — and walked out with $5 million.
The former New York resident was in town visiting friends last month when she purchased a Lotto ticket on a whim and scored the huge jackpot. It was the first she ever bought.
"It was surreal," Moon said yesterday. "I'm overjoyed!"
The 40-year-old mom of two is a native of Korea who lived for 20 years in Queens before moving just outside of Philadelphia.
She makes regular visits to the city, and on Sept. 14, decided to duck into the Imperial Deli on 21st Street in Long Island City to get some change before her bus ride home. She had to buy something to get the change, and decided to buy a Lotto ticket.
She even forgot to check if she won, and only realized she picked the right numbers four days after the Sept. 14 drawing.
"I come back to Queens to visit with family and friends about once a month or so. This is one visit I will never forget!" she said.
She will take home a $2,839,929 lump sum payout, which will be cut to $1,869,263 after taxes.
"To be honest, I am still getting over the initial shock," she said. "I am dreaming of all the things I can do with the money. The kids' college funds are paid for."
Moon — who showed up at a press conference yesterday with dark glasses and her hat pulled low — also said that she plans to donate money to her church.
Thanks to emilyg for the tip.
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