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Ramon Rosario, 62, of Pleasantville claimed his $.99 million dollar ticket that he purchased in the City 99 store on Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City. Monday, December 28. (The Press of Atlantic City/ Viviana Pernot)

Viviana Pernot

PLEASANTVILLE — A 62-year-old Pleasantville man has become one of the state’s newest millionaires.

Ramon Rosario claimed the Mega Millions prize winning lottery ticket for $1 million on Monday. Rosario purchased the winning ticket at City $.99 Cents Market on 1410 Atlantic Ave. in Atlantic City.

Bezum Rafique, the clerk who sold the winning ticket two weeks ago, described Rosario as a gentleman.

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“He would come in and really not say anything,” Rafique said Monday afternoon.

Rosario was a regular patron of City $.99 Cents Market in Atlantic City, Rafique said.

“He used to come around all of the time,” Rafique said, “but since he purchased the ticket he hasn’t been around.”

In a news release from the New Jersey Lottery, Rosario said he has a method where he picks five quick pick numbers at the beginning of the month on one ticket. For each drawing that he wishes to play, he uses the same set of numbers generated by the quick picks.

Rosario has been an Atlantic City casino kitchen worker for 16 years. Rafique said Rosario worked at Caesars Atlantic City.

Rosario said he will use the money to pay off student loans and to retire “earlier that anticipated,” according to the release.

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