NEW YORK — A Staten Island plumber who won a $136 million Powerball jackpot said Thursday he wants to keep working – but also plans to “relax a little more.”

Anthony Perosi, 56, left his March 14 ticket pinned to the wall behind a basement pipe for six weeks.

A friend had told him where the winning ticket had been purchased, but she thought a teacher had won. So he took his time checking the numbers.

“When I saw all the numbers matched up, I panicked,” Perosi said. “I immediately called my son and asked him to come over right away!”

Anthony Perosi III did what he was told.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” he said. “I checked the numbers on my phone and it has been surreal ever since.”

The cash value of the ticket came to $88.5 million. The father decided to share his winnings with his son, split 70-30. So dad gets a net lump sum of $38.6 million after required withholdings, and his son pockets $16.5 million.

“I honestly don’t know what my plans are right now,” said the elder Perosi. “I want to continue to work, but will be able to relax a little more and not have any worries financially.”


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