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June 7, 2013

‘Pops, Patriots and Fireworks’

Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    

Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    

Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road

Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    

Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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Bedford lottery winner finds ‘New York
is a magic place’


Yolanda Vega presents Darwin Morales with his winnings.


Twenty-five-year-old Darwin Morales of Somers claimed his $1 million Powerball second prize from the drawing held on May 4. Mr. Morales bought his ticket the day of the drawing at Bedford Shell, the gas station where he works as an attendant.

According to the New York State Gaming Commission, Mr. Morales said his sudden change of fortune began with a chance encounter with a co-worker.

“I got off work and was talking with another attendant about how big the jackpot was for that night and it reminded me to play,” he said. The Powerball jackpot for the May 4 drawing was $193 million. Morales said he only plays the Lottery when a jackpot gets over $80 million. He said on June 5 that he has only played on seven previous occasions.

“I got a $20 tip from a customer that day,” he said. “I spent $14 of it on my Powerball ticket.”

Mr. Morales said he usually never spends more than $12 on a single ticket. “It was a tip, so I spent more.” Mr. Morales won his $1 million prize on the third of seven sets of Quick Pick numbers printed on his ticket.

The winning numbers for the May 4 Powerball drawing were 7, 12, 26, 36, 40 and Powerball 17. He was one number shy of the $193 million jackpot.

The Guatemala native said he never bothered to check his winning numbers until he reported for work the following week at the Sunoco gas station in Katonah owned by his employer. “I was drinking my coffee when I heard some people talking about a winning Powerball ticket sold at the other station,” said Mr. Morales. “I remembered I still had my ticket in my wallet. I checked, and sure enough.” Mr. Morales claimed his $1 million winning ticket the same day.

Mr. Morales moved to New York from Guatemala seven years ago to be near family. The new Lottery millionaire said his luck and his life have changed dramatically in a very short time. He said on Wednesday that he comes from a small village four hours from Guatemala City.

“There are 17 houses in my town, that’s it,” he told the gaming commission. “I moved here because my family is here. New York is a magic place for a lot of people.”

Mr. Morales said he briefly attended Fox Lane High School before he moved to Katonah and transferred to John Jay High School, where he graduated. He has also attended Westchester Community College. He said he has had a lot of fun attending John Jay and living in the area.

“I had a really nice experience in John Jay,” he said. “I like how welcoming people are to Latinos. I never felt like I didn’t belong.”

Mr. Morales said he now lives in Somers and is planning to continue to work, although not as much as he has been doing since he moved to New York. He said he does not have definite plans with his winnings yet.

“Right now I’m just going to put it in the bank,” he said. “I don’t want to go crazy.”

Mr. Morales said he is considering going back to school and has aspirations of becoming a writer. He said he has written a few short stories and enjoys the work of authors such as Edgar Allen Poe and Washington Irving.

Mr. Morales will receive his $1 million prize in a single net payment totaling $611,800.

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