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Madoff’s Giving Away Money

This might be a small pittance, but still some consolation. A construction worker in Queens won the lotto—a cool $1,500—after playing Bernie Madoff’s prison number, which he saw emblazoned on the cover of the Daily News. The numbers 61727-054 proved lucky for 50-year-old Ralph Amendolaro, who said, “Somebody had to get a little lucky with him." The Daily News cheekily notes that his three $3 bets scored a 16,000 percent return on his investment, which was “far more than even Madoff promised his bilked investors.”