I was so excited that they chose to celebrate at my restaurant after an already exciting morning for their family. Earlier that day, Wendy had been presented with the check for her prize money from the New York Lottery, and she still even had the giant display check with her during lunch. For the event, Wendy had purchased each of her 20 accompanying family members matching sweatshirts that read "Moravia," which is the city in New York where she purchased the winning ticket. Wendy made her first toast as a millionaire with her family over lunch at our restaurant.
I learned that Wendy has three adult children and seven grandchildren. She works as a housecleaner, and I was told that she has no plans to stop working. She wasn’t quite sure what she would do with her winnings because she said she has everything that she ever wanted.
Wendy said that the whole day will always be one to remember, and I'm proud of my Syracuse Red Lobster team for contributing to those memories. We were just as excited to join in on the celebration as Wendy and her family. Wendy even said she hopes to make coming to Red Lobster on September 6 a family tradition for years to come, and I cannot wait to see her again next year to see what she has been up to with her newfound millions.
By: Robert Yourdon, General Manager, Syracuse Red Lobster
Pictured: From left to right, server Daphane D. Shoenthal, General Manager Robert Yourdon and server Thomas Rapp—the team members from the Syracuse Red Lobster who served Wendy Caza during her celebratory lunch.