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December 12th, 2012

New York Lottery unveils newest millionaires



FISHKILL - The New York Lottery’s Jina Myers recently presented $3,000,000 in Lottery prize checks to four lucky winners at the Lottery’s Customer Service Center in Fishkill, NY. The winners each won their jackpot prizes on New York Lottery scratch-off tickets.

Thomas Wynn of Nyack was running errands for his wife and decided to use the change from his purchase to buy a $2 Win $1,000 a Week for Life scratch-off ticket. The infrequent Lottery player is guaranteed to receive a minimum payment of $1,000,000.

"I only buy tickets four or five times a year," explained Wynn. "I buy the win for life tickets because I like the annuity factor."

Wynn purchased his winning ticket at the Stop & Shop on Route 59 in Nyack on October 11th. He claimed his prize on October 17th at the Lottery’s Customer Service Center in Fishkill. Wynn is guaranteed to receive a minimum of $1,000,000 over the next 20 years. He will receive a minimum of 19 annual payments of $52,000 (net $34,414) each and a 20th payment of $12,000 (net $7,942) to realize his $1,000,000 minimum prize. After that, Wynn will receive an annual net check totaling $34,414 for life. Wynn plans to use some of his winnings to buy land and build a new house.

The New York Lottery contributed $23,189,142.84 in Lottery Aid To Education to school districts throughout Rockland County during 2011-2012.

Dawn Jackson and Edward Williams, both of Mount Vernon, have been friends for years. About a year ago, they started playing scratch-off tickets together on the weekends, agreeing to split any money they won. On October 26th, Williams scratched off a jackpot winning Prism Payout scratch-off ticket earning the duo a $1,000,000 payday.

"When Edward showed me the ticket all I could say was ‘Oh my God,’" explained Jackson. "It was the first time I think I ever saw him speechless!"

The winning ticket was purchased at Arnold’s Stationery on Fifth Avenue in Pelham. The top prize on the Prism Payout scratch-off game is paid as $50,000 a year for 20 years. Jackson and Williams will each receive an annual check totaling $16,545 after required withholdings. Jackson plans to spend her half of the prize on some home repairs. Williams plans to buy his newborn great niece bigger toys with his portion of the winnings.

The New York Lottery contributed $63,526,317.29 in Lottery Aid To Education to school districts in Westchester County during 2011-2012.

John Carter of Plattsburgh, spends a lot of time in Orange County. On November 2nd, he stopped at the Montgomery Valero on Route 17K in Rock Tavern and picked up a $1,000,000 Cashword scratch-off ticket. He scratched it in his car and brought the ticket back into the store to scan what turned out to be a $1,000,000 winner.

"I scanned the ticket a few times myself, and then handed it to the store clerks to double check for me," explained Carter. "They started jumping for joy, but I remained calm as I normally do."

Carter claimed his prize on November 2nd at the Lottery’s Customer Service Center in Fishkill. The top prize on the $1,000,000 Cashword scratch-off game is paid as a single, lump sum payment. Carter will receive a net check totaling $661,800. Carter said he plans to use his winnings to buy a few presents and maybe a newer car.

The New York Lottery contributed $17,245,554.38 in Lottery Aid To Education to school districts throughout Clinton County during 2011-2012.



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