City banker who won U.S. scratchcard prize worth $1m a year is already a millionaire


A multi-millionaire British investment banker has landed the top prize of $1 million a year for life in a new scratchcard game.

Kenan Altunis, 33, head of foreign exchange sales at the UniCredit bank in the City of London, scooped the first jackpot in a New York lottery.

The remarkable win comes at a time when thousands of City workers are losing their jobs or having to accept deep cuts in bonuses because of the credit crunch.

 

Kenan Altunis says he will carry on working despite his massive windfall

Turkish-born Mr Altunis insisted the win would not ‘materially change my life’, adding: ‘I have been a very blessed and fortunate person.’

The Chelsea supporter, who has lived in London since 1997 and gained British citizenship in 2003, gave his mother $100 to spend on lottery tickets when he was on a trip to visit her at her New York home last month.

She bought three of the $30 tickets then threw in $20 of her own to pay for a fourth, which won.

The top prize was a $1million-a-year income – £604,000 on current exchange rates – with a guaranteed payout of $20million if Mr Altunis dies in less than 20 years.

After tax he will receive $931,500 (£565,000) a year – but he insists he will continue to work.

Mr Altunis lives with his wife and young daughter in a flat in Clerkenwell.

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