Doorman wins millions in lottery

June 12, 2008 2:00:39 PM PDT
Doorman Richie Randazzo's $5 million lottery windfall has opened doors he's never imagined. But for now the 44-year-old bachelor is not quitting his day job hustling for other millionaires at an exclusive Manhattan apartment building.

Randazzo's May 2 jackpot means he will get $65,000 every three months. As doorman, he makes $40,000 a year.

Here's how he described feeling when he learned he had hit the jackpot in the $10 Set for Life instant lottery - "dazed and confused."

Although he's spent $30 to $40 a week for about 25 years on lottery tickets, Randazzo said he never imagined winning "on such a large scale."

Randazzo, who lives in a two-story house in Brooklyn, said that for now there was little he would change about his life.

He didn't win enough to move into the building on Park Avenue where he works, and where condos go for up to $10 million.

"Maybe if I had won $50 million," he said Thursday.

When pressed, Randazzo allowed he might indulge in "a motorboat with three propellers" and a Lexus. For now, he was taking a vacation to visit his parents in West Palm Beach, Fla., and planned to send them on a trip and help pay their bills.

Randazzo was philosophical about working as a doorman for other rich folks - a job that includes opening doors, of course, but also such tasks as hailing taxis, hauling luggage and receiving deliveries.

"It's my pleasure to serve," he said. "We all have to serve somebody."