Hard at work, Peggy Wilkins smiles at her customers and rings up groceries like the expert she is. After 28 years at Waldbaums, Peggy did not take long to decide that despite her $1 million win in the New York scratch-off Lottery she was going to keep working.
Wilkins, a grandmother of five, plays the lotteries often, but mostly on Fridays. “When I heard [I won from the ticket agent] I was shocked, but excited as well,” she said. “I’ve waited a lifetime for this.”
However, this is not her first win; she won $10,000 a few years ago. “I’m taking it slowly,” she said. “I want to get this right, and I want to do the right thing by my job.”
Wilkins, who lives in St Albans, said she didn’t care one way or the other about being famous, but she said that her life had completely changed and her time was no longer her own.
In fact, she gave up her lunch break to talk with The Queens Courier and only speaks to the media on her own time, “I’m going to start saying my time is taken,” she said.
As she was being photographed customers leaving the store waved and congratulated her.
A conscientious employee, Wilkins said that her decision not to leave work came about because she wanted to make sure her five grandchildren wouldn’t have to struggle to go to college once they finished high school.
Wilkins a mother of three - two sons and a daughter - said that she does not want her kids to have work as hard as she did to put their kids through college. “At least this way they’re starting out with something.”
Wilkins is sensible and is doing her homework before spending the money.
“I’m not intending to travel any time soon. I’m going to see my kids, but that was organized before I won the money.”
For now, she just wants to keep her boss happy and get on with her job.