Belinda Poblete and her husband Ramon were living in a modest two-story home in Rockland County with her parents when their their financial fortunes suddenly changed. It was then when she won a $7 million windfall from the New York Lottery’s Cash 4 Life game. Since then not much has changed – just the way Belinda wants it.
The lucky winner dreaded being counted among the many lottery winners who have gone on to squander their fortune. That is why the bulk of their winnings have been invested with the help of a financial adviser. The family still lives in the same home they moved in to a decade or so ago. The only difference is that the kitchen has been renovated. Most of the rest of the money has been used to buy a Honda SUV and to pay off bills.
She says one of the hardest things she had to do is to say no to friends who ask for financial assistance. But she also has plans to set up an educational foundation in their home country Philippines one of these days.
Even though they are already millionaires, husband Ramon still works as a delivery driver. Winner Belinda has quit her job at the billing department of a medical facility, but is set manage her own yogurt shop this summer. Both say they are stunned by the amount of taxes they have to pay – about a million this year alone.
With the way they are handling their fortune, this couple are bound to make it last a lifetime!