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Mega smiles for New York lottery winner

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William James Albertson held his 5-month-old baby as he checked the numbers on his Mega Millions lottery ticket with those on the computer screen Sunday morning.

The first two matched. So did the second pair.

Then, as Albertson sat at the computer in his Mahopac home, the unthinkable happened.

"I kept looking at it and they all matched, so that's when I got a little shaky," the 35-year-old insurance manager recalled.

The shakes were gone yesterday, when Albertson was revealed as the $75 million winner of the latest Mega Millions jackpot, the multistate lottery game, at a news conference at Grand Central Terminal. He was one of three winners with ties to the Lower Hudson Valley announced.

"I've got a lot of college to pay for," said Albertson, the father of four, when asked the inevitable question of how he planned to spend the money.

The after-tax payout Albertson is to receive shortly totals slightly more than $45 million, according to the New York Lottery. That is perhaps enough for Albertson to purchase a small, rural college campus for his children, who are from 5 months to 11 years old.

It was only the second time that Albertson — known as WJ to friends — had played the lottery. An Illinois native who moved to Mahopac in 2005, Albertson first tried his luck the previous Monday. His modest gambling spree was inspired by the visit of his father, who had bought a lottery ticket in each state on his way to New York.

When prompted to reveal more plans for his riches, Albertson said he would like to retire early, but made it clear his family was not planning a spending spree or any drastic changes soon.

"No plans at this point, just trying to keep things as normal as possible for the kids," Albertson said.

Even a trip to Florida that Albertson; his wife, Crista; and children will soon take has been in the works since February.

It was Crista whom Albertson woke at 7:30 a.m. to make sure he had read his ticket and computer screen correctly.

"I said, 'I hate to wake you up, but you better come look at this,'" recalled Albertson, who bought the ticket at the Red Mills Market in Mahopac Falls.

The announcement of the winners was hosted by actor and Lottery pitchman Ralph Buckley and Yolanda Vega, whose melodious voice intones the winning numbers of each night's Lottery drawing.

The other Lower Hudson Valley winners were Arif Darwin, 41, a Woodside, Queens, resident and employee at Skyline Construction in Yonkers, who won $1 million; and Samuel Carcova, 52, the Cortlandt highway superintendent, who won $250,000. Both said they planned to put their money toward their children's college education.

"We have two in college now. It's a big weight off my shoulders," Carcova said.

"It's perfect timing," added his wife, Rebecca.

William James Albertson had played the lottery only once before he hit the jackpot. His after-tax payout is slightly more than $45 million. Mega Millionaire William Albertson shows off his $75M check at Grand Central Terminal.

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Posted: November 12, 2007, 1:10 pm - IP Logged

congratulations to him and his family. he said it was only his second time playing the lottery.

    JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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    Posted: November 12, 2007, 1:23 pm - IP Logged

    WOW!!!! $75 Million!!!  He can make his dreams  come true.

    I wish I was him. Party

      spy153's avatar - maren

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      Posted: November 12, 2007, 2:30 pm - IP Logged

      He's cute.  I bet his wife is going to have to battle off some gold diggers now.

      voir-vous dans mes reves!Cool

        JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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        Posted: November 12, 2007, 4:04 pm - IP Logged

        He's cute.  I bet his wife is going to have to battle off some gold diggers now.

        You have to worry about gold diggers after you hit any jackpot, no matter how you look. 

          spy153's avatar - maren

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          Posted: November 12, 2007, 7:57 pm - IP Logged

          That isn't completely true.  I wouldn't have anything to do with anyone who  didn't please my eyes as well as the rest of me.  LOL.LOL

          I know there are those that would do anything for money without blinking an eye. (I have two sisters like that.)  But that type of person gets exposed real early in the game and it is up to the person being used to decide if that is still what they want.  I've seen it happen too many times to too many different people.  And no, not just with my sisters.  Sometimes I think my whole town is nothing but a gold digging pit.

          voir-vous dans mes reves!Cool

            MissNYC's avatar - diva
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            Posted: November 12, 2007, 10:04 pm - IP Logged

            This is like 30 minutes from my house....it's great for him, but to be honest, I wish the win had happened a bit further away...eh well, next time it's mine! Maybe I'll swing by CT and get some Powerball tickets...that pot is doing pretty well.

            "If you just keep believing, that dream that you wish will come true"

            Bed

             

              MissNYC's avatar - diva
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              Posted: November 12, 2007, 10:05 pm - IP Logged

              You have to worry about gold diggers after you hit any jackpot, no matter how you look. 

              Well since it's his wife, isn't half the money technicall hers? We haven't seen her either, she may put him to shame looks-wise, and he may be the one doing the battling. Men can be golddiggers too.

              "If you just keep believing, that dream that you wish will come true"

              Bed

               

                spy153's avatar - maren

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                Posted: November 13, 2007, 7:47 am - IP Logged

                LOL true.  So true.

                voir-vous dans mes reves!Cool

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                  Posted: November 14, 2007, 2:51 am - IP Logged

                  Finally, someone younger and not overweight won.

                   I was beginning to think jackpots were only for the older folks or obese, er, ah, I mean overweight.

                           Sun Smiley             

                    JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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                    Posted: November 14, 2007, 9:54 am - IP Logged

                    First you have to worry about family members~~~~