The $5 Million Park Avenue Doorman


There’s nothing better than a rags-to-riches story, and the Post has a great example today on page 3. David Riedel and Andy Geller introduce us to Richie Randazzo, a doorman for 1021 Park Avenue. As of May 2, Randazzo has a lot more in common with the residents: 5 million things more. He won the “Set For Life” scratch-ticket game from the New York Lottery, which pays $5,000 a week for life, with a minimum payout of $5 million.

Randazzo said he wants to use his winnings to buy an apartment in the building where he works. He joked, “I’ll have the doorman open the door for me.” Unfortunately, the Post reports the only apartment for sale in the building has an asking price of $9.95 million.

Randazzo is taking the news in stride. He’s continuing to work for the time being on the advice of his parents. He said, “it’s too much too soon” for an early retirement. That’s the one piece of advice he actually took from his parents. The Daily News reports that Randazzo’s mom told him he was wasting his money on scratch tickets.

Unlike some winners, Randazzo has no qualms with telling the world he’s hit the jackpot. He told reporters at a press conference that he’s open to TV offers. He joked, “If they want to start a reality show called, ‘Who Wants to Marry a Scratch-off millionaire, let me know.” Yes, ladies, the 44-year-old Randazzo is single. “They can call it, ‘From Rags to Richie.'”