This morning’s NY Post included this information.
“Eight months after hitting the $149 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot, and with his divorce settlement behind him, Juan Rodriguez, 50, is just starting to feel at ease on easy street.
So the once-bankrupt parking attendant from Queens, who had 78 cents to his name when he bought the winning ticket, can now focus on enriching his soul, said gal pal Christine de la Garza, who manages all his affairs — including their own.
“He needs to do this,” she said of his search for higher truth. “The two of us have a real connection, but I want Juan to have his head on straight first. He was so freaked out by the whole situation. His world was turned upside down.”
After enrolling in a California “mind-, body- and spirit-wellness program,” Rodriguez left Ozone Park and pursued his passions for horseback riding, fly fishing and flashy couture.
A large percentage of lottery winners end up losing it all, but Rodriguez is determined not to become a statistic. He speaks regularly with a support group for lottery winners.
“They all told him that people were going to come out of the woodwork and you just have to say no,” she said. “That’s not always easy for Juan. But he found that he’d give someone $10,000 and they’d want $100,000. Or he’d give them $100,000 and they’d want a million.”