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N.Y. Lottery's Yolanda Vega celebrates 20th anniversary with the state

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Yolanda Vega, the most recognizable voice of the New York Lottery, celebrated her 20th anniversary with the state Friday and there are no signs her number is up.

"I'm going to continue to do the numbers until I can't see them anymore," the 54-year-old Brooklyn native told the Daily News.

Vega, who has an economics degree from Hunter College, has been praised by Oprah and lampooned by Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa in a popular youtube video. She was even memorialized with a bobblehead doll.

It's her signature vowel rolling, that hits the jackpot with viewers.

"Many women have told me that the first word their little girls say is Yo-Laaanda," Vega said. "Must be the melodic way I say it."

When she was invited to Oprah's show in 1994, along with 16 anchor women for a program on makeovers, the queen of daytime television stood and welcomed her guest with Vega's signature sign-in.

Yolanda Vega bobblehead dolls are given away to players who spend $50 or more on instant game tickets. Several of the dolls have turned up on Ebay.

Vega, a married mother of two, made $12 an hour when she started in 1990 and now makes $85,000 a year. She's announced winning numbers from the State Fair in Syracuse and the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

"New Yorkers like the way Yolanda says her name," state lottery director Gordon Medenica said. "But they love her because she's the real deal."

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N.Y. Daily News

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dphillips's avatar - littleuns
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Posted: February 7, 2010, 10:08 am - IP Logged

When I lived in New York, I remember watching her on television, too.  She is animated and seems to enjoy her career.

See Ya!-- Bye, bye!  When you win, may you glow as brightly as theSun Smiley

    rdgrnr's avatar - walt
    Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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    Posted: February 7, 2010, 11:09 am - IP Logged

    Seems like a nice lady. If she's competent and New Yorkers are happy with the way she runs their lottery, it's a good deal all around. She certainly doesn't make too much money.


                                                 
                         
                                             

     

     

     

     

                                                                                                       

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

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      Posted: February 7, 2010, 12:23 pm - IP Logged

      $85 thou a year is nothing to sneeze at. Yeah, when she started that was nothing, but hey everybody got to pay dues to get to the top. She is a real sweetheart, years ago I'd take her instead of the lump sum if I won the jackpot, LOL (smile).

        rdgrnr's avatar - walt
        Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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        Posted: February 7, 2010, 12:36 pm - IP Logged

        $85 thou a year is nothing to sneeze at. Yeah, when she started that was nothing, but hey everybody got to pay dues to get to the top. She is a real sweetheart, years ago I'd take her instead of the lump sum if I won the jackpot, LOL (smile).

        You're right mj. I just re-read the article. I mistakenly based my post on the false assumption that she was the director.

        $85 K a year certainly is nothing to sneeze at for announcing the numbers.


                                                     
                             
                                                 

         

         

         

         

                                                                                                           

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

                                                                                                    --Edmund Burke

         

         

          Nino224's avatar - Lottery-013.jpg
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          Posted: February 9, 2010, 1:57 am - IP Logged

          I wish I knew what 85 thou a year looks like.

          "...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