NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, Ohio - Even after taxes, an Ohio school teacher will go home with a substantial check after winning the Ohio lottery’s top prize of $100,000.
Michael Malec of Newburgh Heights bought a winning Wheel of Fortune instant ticket from Newburgh Marathon in September 2011 that won him $5,500, according to an Ohio lottery representative.
That ticket was automatically entered into an August 2012 drawing that Malec said he was surprised to win, according to Ohio lottery staff.
The staff presented Malec with an oversized check at a picnic with his friends and family, where the teacher first learned of his prize. He asked if it was a joke.
A lottery representative said Malec is looking forward to personally thanking the owner of Newburgh Marathon for selling him a winning ticket.
After paying the mandatory 31 percent tax, Malec will be left with $69,000.
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