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One ticket wins $56 million NY Lotto jackpot

New York LotteryNew York Lottery: One ticket wins $56 million NY Lotto jackpot

A $56 million New York Lotto ticket was sold at the Gold Star Deli on Arsenal Street, Watertown, New York.

Deli owner Scott Hirst told NewsWatch50 a Lottery official called him with the news Sunday morning, telling him to expect some publicity.

"I received a phone call today from the New York State Lottery informing me that I'd sold a $56 million winner this week sometime, probably Saturday," he said.

Hirst said the Lottery asked him not to reveal who the winner is if he in fact knows.

Hirst told NewsWatch50 he is 95 per cent certain he does know, and that the winner is a male who is a regular customer of the Deli.

"I have a kind of a gut feeling who it is, I believe it to be one of my regular customers. I'm about 95 per cent sure who had it. I saw them this morning," he said.

Hirst said the man was back at the Deli today for a Lottery claim form.

The Lottery official told Hirst they would plan on arranging a press conference with the winner, once the identity is known.

"It's kind of exciting," Hirst said. "I have to laugh because everyone, including you, think the retailer gets a cut of this, like it's a big windfall for us. But actually what we got was the six cents when we sold the ticket."

The Lottery website says the winning numbers in Saturday's drawing were 1-2-11-30-39-48 and the bonus number, 21.

The website says there was only one ticket that matched all six numbers for a prize of $56 million and that it was sold in Jefferson County.

Hirst said that previous to this, his biggest winner was in the Take 5 game, for $72,000, about eight years ago.

"I've always wondered, the thousand and thousands of tickets we sell, you know if we were ever going to sell a jackpot winner like that," Hirst said. "I mean there haven't been that many in the North Country to begin with. But I guess we've got one right here in Watertown."

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Posted: August 1, 2005, 11:21 am - IP Logged

They don't get a bonus? Ouch. But hey, it must be nice to know that little 'ol Watertown now has a millionaire in it's realm.

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    Posted: August 1, 2005, 12:37 pm - IP Logged

    CASH Only rant about the NY Lottery and their payback percentages in 3...2...1....

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      Posted: August 1, 2005, 6:52 pm - IP Logged

      Wonder if the winner chose cash. Either case, the tax people will form a line down the street and around the block. Then after the state publishes their name and city, the leeches will know exactly where to go to beg or steal whatever is left over. Hope the winner has enough sense to take an advance and move to another state.

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        Posted: August 1, 2005, 6:52 pm - IP Logged

        I will do it for him, what  a joke, to not give the owner a bonus.  NY buy far has the worst lottery in the nation.  Why do they still have the pick ten game, when is the last time someone won that, what a joke.  I Just dont understand how that lottery only rolls 3 million per, when it pays out 1 lousy dollar on 3 out of 6 with a long matrix.  Nobody plays the garbage that is why. If they did jack up the % to the normal 50% you would prob have 5-10 million rolls.  Dopes. That includes you to Yolanda Vega.

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          Posted: August 1, 2005, 7:32 pm - IP Logged

          Busting on the lottery is one thing, but dissing Yolanda is wack.  No No

           

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            Posted: August 5, 2005, 9:53 am - IP Logged

            Todd:

            If you play NY Lotto, you're liable to go "bust".

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              Posted: August 13, 2005, 3:24 am - IP Logged

              well it looks like one player didn't go bust.this jackpot winner here is bursting with money.


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                Posted: August 15, 2005, 9:45 am - IP Logged

                IIRC the previous single-ticket NY Lotto record was $45 million by three different players, with only one choosing cash.

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                  Posted: August 15, 2005, 10:00 am - IP Logged

                  IIRC the previous single-ticket NY Lotto record was $45 million by three different players, with only one choosing cash.

                  Nope, it was won by one person who chose annuity.  And they're loving life.

                   

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                    Posted: August 15, 2005, 10:09 am - IP Logged

                    Busting on the lottery is one thing, but dissing Yolanda is wack.  No No

                    You got that right Todd, they should not mess with Yolanda.

                    When I win I'm going to give her a tip, :)

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                      Posted: August 15, 2005, 10:10 am - IP Logged

                      Busting on the lottery is one thing, but dissing Yolanda is wack.  No No

                      You got that right Todd, they should not mess with Yolanda.

                      When I win I'm going to give her a tip, :)

                      As a matter of fact they can keep the millions, just give me Yolanda Vega, LOL :)


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                        todd:

                        What I meant was three different players won $45 million each, only one chose cash.

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                          Posted: August 15, 2005, 10:29 am - IP Logged

                          Oh, OK.

                          Did you check out in the article where it states:

                          There were big purchases of course — an apartment in the Trump Tower and a significant and growing art collection, but Falcon assiduously avoided the hundreds of once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunities he was offered. And what's more, he was smart enough to take his money over 26 years and not as a lump sum.

                           

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                            Posted: August 15, 2005, 1:53 pm - IP Logged

                            He had to make the choice when he bought the ticket. Most people know to take the lump sum. Why he went the other way, I really don't care.