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    Gardener Plucks $128 Million Lottery Prize
    Thu Feb 20, 8:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cambodian-born gardener Phin Suy will be able to stop and smell the roses for as long as he likes after plucking the only winning ticket in last week's $128 million multi-state Mega Millions jackpot lottery.

    Suy was introduced as New York's biggest lottery winner ever in a news conference on Wednesday and promptly announced he had quit his job planting flowers in Central Park, where he had worked as a landscaper since 1992.

    A lump sum payment of $75 million before taxes will ensure that Suy, his wife and two children, will not miss the $38,000 salary he drew from helping to beautify Central Park.

    "I didn't believe it at first," said Suy, a Brooklyn resident. "But hey, you never know."

    Suy, who emigrated to the United States from Cambodia as a teenager in 1985, said he bought one $5 quick-pick ticket, in which the numbers are randomly produced by computer, on his daughter's fifth birthday.

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