A Long Island cab driver who threw away a winning $7.4 million Lotto ticket after misreading the numbers got to claim his prize Wednesday.
Gov. Pataki signed into law a bill that allows the state Lottery Division to award the Lotto prize to Howard Reid of Hempstead, provided he convinces Lottery officials he in fact purchased the winning ticket and pays a $100 fee.
Reid said he bought one of the four winning tickets to a $70 million Lotto jackpot on May 31, 1997. But Reid said he misread his ticket and didn't notice he had the winner before throwing the ticket in his trash.
The award would total $7.4 million.
Because he paid for the Lotto ticket with a winning Daily Numbers ticket he'd purchased the day before, he had a receipt showing the numbers of all the tickets he bought.