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Brooklyn Teen Wins $1K Per Week, For Life, In New York Lottery’s ‘Win For Life’ Game

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — You’ve heard it all before: it only takes a dollar and dream.

A Brooklyn teenager is living that dream.

He bought a New York Lottery scratch-off ticket and is the lucky winner of $1,000 a week for life. CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis reported.

He was all smiles, and set for life Tuesday. High school senior Robert Salo said he can’t believe his luck.

“It’s like you’re in a dream, you don’t know if it’s real or not at the moment, and then reality hits you later on,” Salo said.

The 18-year-old and his family from Sheepshead Bay stopped at Coney Island Convenience on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn back on May 14 to fill up their gas tank. They were on their way to get back the family car that had been stolen, when Salo decided to buy a couple of New York Lottery scratch-off tickets.

“We bought the tickets and when I scratched it, I didn’t believe it at first,” Salo said.

After showing the ticket to his mother and uncle, he never let the ticket out of his sight again until he could claim it the following day at the Lottery’s Customer Service Center in Manhattan, Salo said.

He won the kind of money adults work years for. Salo will begin getting his before he even graduates high school.

“Today is my last day of school and graduation is in a couple of weeks,” Salo said.

He said his plans include going to a college he hasn’t named yet to study electrical engineering, and buying a new car.

“Something in my price range, I don’t know,” Salo said.

Lottery officials said he can afford whatever car he wants — every year if he wants. He’s guaranteed to receive the minimum payment of $1 million over 20 years and it’s estimated he’ll collect more than $3 million if he lives to 80.

Salo is the youngest person so far to win the “Win for Life” contest, officials said. According to the New York Lottery, the odds of winning the top prize of $1,000 a week for life is 1 in 7,896,000.00.

Salo was one of several winners from Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island to get their ceremonial checks on Tuesday.

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You’ve heard it all before: it only takes a dollar and dream. A Brooklyn teenager is living that dream.

B’klyn teen wins $1,000 a week for life

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June 12, 2012 | 3:17pm

Having one of the family cars stolen turned out to be the luckiest break of his life.

A Brooklyn teen who was riding with his mom and uncle to claim their stolen car from an impound lot bought a lottery ticket when they stopped for gas that will pay him $1,000 a week for the rest of his life.

“We went to go pick up the car and stopped here for some gas,” 18-year-old Rob Salo, 18, said this morning at Coney Island Convenience on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn, where he plunked down 42 for the scratch-off ticket on May 14.

“When I scratched it, it was just ridiculous. I didn’t believe it at first. I thought it was a fake ticket,” said Salo, who will graduate from James Madison High School later this month.

“I had to ask them to pull over because I couldn’t drive and show them something like that. It was just a Kodak moment,” said Salo, whose last day of school was today.

“You’re in a dream. Honestly you don’t know if it’s real or not in the moment. I couldn’t go to sleep at all. I didn’t know if I was hungry, I didn’t know if I was sleepy, I didn’t know anything at that point.”

As a top prize winner in the Win $1,000 A Week For Life scratch-off game, the lucky Sheepshead Bay resident will get $52,000 a year – $32,398 after taxes – every year for the rest of his life.

“You keep livin’, we’ll keep payin’, ” lottery spokeswoman Christy Calicchia said, repeating the game’s slogan.

Salo – who rarely plays the lottery but beat the 1 in 7,896,000.00 odds with his single ticket – said he plans to splurge on a new BMW and pay for his college education.

Having one of the family cars stolen turned out to be the luckiest break of his life. A Brooklyn teen who was riding with his mom and uncle to claim their…