Richard and Mary Morrison of Long Island NY Win $165,000,000 New York lottery Jackpot High school sweethearts Richard and Mary Morrison of Miller Place on Long Island are New York's first lottery millionaires of 2010 and Long Island's largest Lottery jackpot winners of all time.
lump sum payment representing the current cash value of the advertised jackpot. When they claimed the prize, the Morrisons further opted to split their prize evenly. Mary and Richard Morrison will each receive a fifty percent share of the lump sum amount. Their individual checks will total about $51,083,592 before taxes and other withholdings or $33,730,496 after taxes.
"I'm free to do the things I want to do," said Mary Morrison, with her husband adding, "We can make some changes that we never thought possible." Topping the couple's "To Do" list is planning for a "lavish" reception to mark the couple's upcoming 40th wedding anniversary. Other plans include, but are not limited to, opening a not-for-profit business and establishing a foundation to continue the family's efforts to help others.
The New York Lottery continues to be North America's largest and most profitable Lottery, earning more than $36.7 billion in education support statewide since its founding over 40 years ago. The Lottery contributed nearly $2.54 billion in fiscal year 2008-09 to help support education in New York State, which was over 12 percent of total state education funding to local school districts. The Lottery's ongoing commitment to education also includes the awarding of more than 1,100 Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Scholarships annually to high school students pursuing their higher education in New York State. Since 1999, the Lottery has awarded more than 11,500 scholarships representing a total commitment of almost $50 million.