People come to the US to get a piece of the American dream. Some, like Rigoberto Mejia Mendoza of Staten Island, have found a shortcut – playing the lottery. He has been playing the game these past 12 years, starting from the time he can legally play.
For Mendoza, who migrated from Mexico as a young boy, the reward is almost more than he can comprehend. In fact, he does not even know what to do with the $7 million he won from the Golden Ticket scratch off game yet. His daughters do not yet know of his win, but it is certain this is one Christmas season they will long remember.