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N.Y. Mega Millions lottery winners claim prize

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Winning couple, on the brink of poverty, will be identified later this week

The winners of the $162 million Mega Millions jackpot have been identified and will meet the public in a news conference later this week, lottery officials said Monday.

The ticket was handed in by the winners, who were accompanied by their attorney, at a New York Lottery office in upstate Fishkill about 11:30 a.m., lottery spokeswoman Jennifer Givner said. Officials have validated the ticket, she said.

Givner declined to release the names of the winners, saying they will be identified, possibly on Thursday, at a news conference on Long Island.

"They came into our Hudson Valley office," Givner said, adding that "security features associated with the ticket confirmed it was the winning ticket."

Lottery commission policy requires the winners to participate in the news conference, Givner said.

The winners also filled out a battery of financial paperwork after turning in the ticket, she said. Givner said the winners are not in possession of the money yet and declined to say exactly when they would get the prize, which will be a lump sum expected to be more than $100 million before taxes.

Greenport attorney Michael D. Solomon, who has said he represents a Suffolk County couple who won the jackpot, confirmed that the ticket was validated Monday. He declined to identify the couple, saying only that they were "ecstatic."

Solomon said the winners spent Monday afternoon with family members and were getting their financial house in order. He added: "Reality is starting to hit."

The winning ticket was purchased last month at a Rocky Point card store.

Solomon has described the couple who claimed the record-shattering jackpot as lifelong Long Islanders — high school sweethearts who have been married for 39 years and are "just getting by" financially.

At one point in their marriage, they were "extremely poor," Solomon said Friday. And since about 2004, he said, they've again found themselves on the brink of poverty. "They were almost forced into a survival existence for the last four or five years," Solomon has said.

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fwlawrence's avatar - Yavill
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Posted: January 5, 2010, 11:55 am - IP Logged

On the brink of poverty? They had at least $5 to buy lottery tickets!

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    Posted: January 5, 2010, 2:33 pm - IP Logged

    They were just poor, not broke! 

     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
       
                 Evil Looking       

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      Posted: January 5, 2010, 3:12 pm - IP Logged

      The Orlando doctor that won 196 in PB a few months back also had a qp multiple line ticket with the winning combo all the way at the bottom. His was $10, though. Interesting.

      "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

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        Posted: January 5, 2010, 3:17 pm - IP Logged

        So NY REQUIRES winners to give a press conference? Not good.

        "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

          rdgrnr's avatar - walt
          Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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          Posted: January 5, 2010, 3:55 pm - IP Logged

          I don't like to be of a suspicious nature but I always wonder what the lawyer's cut is on these deals with relatively unsophisticated people suddenly loaded with cash. I wonder if there are any legal guidelines or is it just take what you can get? My experience with lawyers shows that getting the money and a lot of it is always job one.


                                                       
                               
                                                   

           

           

           

           

                                                                                                             

          "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                      --Edmund Burke

           

           

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            Posted: January 5, 2010, 8:19 pm - IP Logged

            They sell lotto at card stores now. I seen them sold in some strange places like the mall and donut shop before.

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              Posted: January 5, 2010, 8:33 pm - IP Logged

              I wonder how much the lawyer charged them?

              If you know your number is going to hit, have patience and then KILL IT!

              You never know when you will get another hit.

                konane's avatar - wallace
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                Posted: January 5, 2010, 8:35 pm - IP Logged

                Congratulations to the lucky couple!  WTG, good for them!  Party

                Good luck to everyone!

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                  Posted: January 6, 2010, 12:09 am - IP Logged

                  Congrats to them.

                  Wonder why they brought a lawer into this anyway? Afraid of the states going to cheat them of their money? More like the lawer will.

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                    Posted: January 6, 2010, 1:44 am - IP Logged

                    Winning couple, on the brink of poverty, will be identified later this week

                    The winners of the $162 million Mega Millions jackpot have been identified and will meet the public in a news conference later this week, lottery officials said Monday.

                    The ticket was handed in by the winners, who were accompanied by their attorney, at a New York Lottery office in upstate Fishkill about 11:30 a.m., lottery spokeswoman Jennifer Givner said. Officials have validated the ticket, she said.

                    Givner declined to release the names of the winners, saying they will be identified, possibly on Thursday, at a news conference on Long Island.

                    "They came into our Hudson Valley office," Givner said, adding that "security features associated with the ticket confirmed it was the winning ticket."

                    Lottery commission policy requires the winners to participate in the news conference, Givner said.

                    The winners also filled out a battery of financial paperwork after turning in the ticket, she said. Givner said the winners are not in possession of the money yet and declined to say exactly when they would get the prize, which will be a lump sum expected to be more than $100 million before taxes.

                    Greenport attorney Michael D. Solomon, who has said he represents a Suffolk County couple who won the jackpot, confirmed that the ticket was validated Monday. He declined to identify the couple, saying only that they were "ecstatic."

                    Solomon said the winners spent Monday afternoon with family members and were getting their financial house in order. He added: "Reality is starting to hit."

                    The winning ticket was purchased last month at a Rocky Point card store.

                    Solomon has described the couple who claimed the record-shattering jackpot as lifelong Long Islanders — high school sweethearts who have been married for 39 years and are "just getting by" financially.

                    At one point in their marriage, they were "extremely poor," Solomon said Friday. And since about 2004, he said, they've again found themselves on the brink of poverty. "They were almost forced into a survival existence for the last four or five years," Solomon has said.

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                    In the good ole' midwestern State of OHIO the saying is "Odds are... You'll have fun!

                    Who feels "Creative" now?    I came up with a new game (fill in the _ _ _'s)  "Odds are... You''ll  _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _ _!  "lose money" Top it and win somethig!!* **

                     

                    *must be 18 or older 2b a player

                    ** this deal is null & void if any words  in prize are mispelled

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                      Posted: January 6, 2010, 1:46 am - IP Logged

                      Great story.  Congratulations to them.

                      love to nibble those micey feet.

                       

                                                   

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                        Posted: January 6, 2010, 4:27 am - IP Logged

                        I am in poverty...I can't even buy a freakin' ticket at this point.

                        I am usually happy for people who do win and they need it...but part of me wonders why I couldn't have hit in the past or if I can win in the future...I really need it...things are a mess right now and it just keeps getting worse and none of it was my fault and the people who caused it don't care and the people who can help don't care...it makes me wonder why???

                        I just hope these people aren't going to lose it in 2 years and actually do some good with the money.

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                          Posted: January 6, 2010, 5:10 am - IP Logged

                          I am in poverty...I can't even buy a freakin' ticket at this point.

                          I am usually happy for people who do win and they need it...but part of me wonders why I couldn't have hit in the past or if I can win in the future...I really need it...things are a mess right now and it just keeps getting worse and none of it was my fault and the people who caused it don't care and the people who can help don't care...it makes me wonder why???

                          I just hope these people aren't going to lose it in 2 years and actually do some good with the money.

                          I do know EXACTLY what you're saying.

                          I hope they do something good with it, too. I always hope people won't squander it away, but will help others that need it.....that's what I will do.

                          Luck is  ** believing  ** you're lucky.” ~Tennessee Williams

                          Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it's greedy or loving.  ~ Dan Millman


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                            Posted: January 6, 2010, 8:19 am - IP Logged

                            I second that also  i know what you mean; it seems strange but i've also heard that even the worst people win, what about us good people ??