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N.Y. woman shares lottery jackpot with sister

New York LotteryNew York Lottery: N.Y. woman shares lottery jackpot with sister

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Always look out for your little sister.

Even — or especially — when you've just won $3 million in the lottery.

That's the approach Lia Gentile took after winning the top prize in the New York Lottery's "Money, Money, Money" game with a ticket she purchased last month in a B-Kwik Mart on Seneca Street.

Gentile, 44, of Buffalo, will keep half the jackpot.

An equal $1.5 million share is going to her sister, Franca Cavitt, who is a year younger and lives in Crescent, Pa., near Pittsburgh, with her husband and three daughters.

"I wouldn't dream of keeping all this money for myself," Gentile, who stays home to care for her parents, told lottery officials. "Franca deserves to share in my good fortune."

But before the jackpot got divvied up, Gentile had to convince Cavitt that she really won.

"I didn't believe her," Cavitt said Monday at the news conference in Boulevard

Mall, Amherst. "She said: 'It's true. It's true.' I said: 'It's not. It's not.' Then she put my mom on the phone, and I kind of believed my mom."

For the record, a $10 lottery card won back Gentile's initial investment, which she used to buy another ticket. The second time, she won the $3 million prize.

Each sister will receive $75,000 a year — or $51,112 after taxes — for the next 20 years.

Gentile, who did not attend the news conference, plans to pay a few bills and save most of the money, Cavitt said.

Cavitt will use her $1.5 million for savings, to cover college expenses for her three daughters — ages 8, 11 and 13 — and for family vacations to Hawaii and Disney World.

But Cavitt, a customer service representative at a Super Kmart Center, plans to continue working. So does her husband, Gerald, who juggles full-time jobs at two hotels and works seven days a week.

"We want to keep moving," Franca Cavitt said. "We don't want to just lay around. Laying around is when you get in trouble."

But Gerald Cavitt expects to reduce his work schedule to 50-60 hours a week and to spend more time with his family.

The Cavitts appeared comfortable, grateful and even a bit amused while answering reporters' questions Monday.

"It's just going to make things easier for us," Gerald Cavitt said. "But we're still going to be basically the same people."

Gentile chose not to attend the news conference because "she's very shy," Franca Cavitt said.

And a very generous big sister.

Franca Cavitt of Crescent, Pa., is all smiles Monday as she accepts a symbolic 'check' for $3 million won in the New York Lottery by her sister, Lia Gentile of Buffalo.
Franca Cavitt of Crescent, Pa., is all smiles Monday as she accepts a symbolic "check" for $3 million won in the New York Lottery by her sister, Lia Gentile of Buffalo.

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Posted: February 10, 2009, 10:18 am - IP Logged

Congrats to the lucky winner & her little sister.

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    Katy, Tx
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    Posted: February 10, 2009, 1:50 pm - IP Logged

     Valentine heart bottle How Wonderful for her!!  She is a blessing to her Sister.  I know they will be very happy.  God blessed them both!





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      Posted: February 10, 2009, 2:01 pm - IP Logged

      No Pity!That is so sweet.  Congratulations to both Sisters.

        ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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        Posted: February 10, 2009, 2:41 pm - IP Logged

        That was very nice of her to share her winnings with her sister. Congrats to them both!

        "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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          Posted: February 10, 2009, 2:46 pm - IP Logged

          Congratulations to them both.

          takeemtothebank

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            Posted: February 10, 2009, 6:04 pm - IP Logged

            OUTSTADING STORY!, FINALLY A WINNER THAT IS NOT SELFISH, IT'S A WIN WIN FOR BOTH OF THEM! 

                                                                         YOU BETCHA!  Wink

             

                                          "You make a living by what you get, You make a life by what you give"

                                                                         Sir Winston Churchill

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              Posted: February 10, 2009, 6:14 pm - IP Logged

              That's a big check! Probally cost 10 trees to make it...

              Congrats to the winners! :D

                Kidzmom's avatar - cold
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                Posted: February 11, 2009, 1:40 am - IP Logged

                What a great story!!

                Be kind to a stranger because you never know when you are talking to an angel.Blue Angel

                 

                KZM

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                  Posted: February 11, 2009, 9:06 am - IP Logged

                  See what a great ending.  Not like that lady who had lupus, a broke down

                  car and some other things going on.  Her sister gave her a $1000. And told

                  her that if she needed a loan for any more money, she would have to spend

                  more time with her.   Not all families have buttwipes for siblings.

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                    Posted: February 12, 2009, 1:48 am - IP Logged

                    Things work out nicer when you've already got a good relationship going. If you haven't had much to say to someone until they've got a chunk of money, they have every right to be wary.

                    In neo-conned Amerika, bank robs you.
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                      bashley572's avatar - starwars14
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                      Posted: February 12, 2009, 7:19 am - IP Logged

                      See what a great ending.  Not like that lady who had lupus, a broke down

                      car and some other things going on.  Her sister gave her a $1000. And told

                      her that if she needed a loan for any more money, she would have to spend

                      more time with her.   Not all families have buttwipes for siblings.

                      Yea, and also interesting as this winner is 90 miles down the road from Diana Elanie who lists Syracuse as her location.  And the total 'wins' are the same 1.5 mil each????

                      Money won is twice as good as money earned!