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NY lottery retailer won 16 times in 2 years

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A Bronx businessman who has won more big lottery prizes than any other New Yorker doesn't have to go far to buy tickets — he owns a store that sells them.

Armand Paganelli scored an astounding 16 winning tickets in 2013 and 2014, amassing a tidy $625,000 in jackpots. One was $250,000; the others were $25,000 apiece.

The winning ducats were all bought at the drugstore Paganelli owns with his brothers — Mt. Carmel Pharmacy on East 187th Street.

The Ossining resident has won more $10,000-plus jackpots than anyone else in the state since January 2011.

His wife, Janice, officially cashed in the tickets, but Paganelli, 54, told The Post: "She has never bought a lottery ticket in her life . . . she's completely against gambling. I just ask her to cash them for me."

While a lottery seller who happens to be a huge lottery winner might sound suspicious, it's perfectly legal for retailers to buy tickets they sell.

And unlike scratch-off tickets, which could be scratched with a pin to check for winners by a crooked retailer, Paganelli's wins came from the more secure numbers games, where digits are pre-picked by the player or machine. Fifteen of his jackpots were of the "Win-4" variety, and the $250,000 prize came from Mega Millions.

Janice Paganelli, quizzed outside the family's luxurious, two-story Westchester home where seven vehicles and a Jet Ski were parked in the driveway, shrugged off the family's good fortune.

"I kind of don't even keep track, my husband is more the lucky one," she said.

But the father of four says it's more than luck — it's sheer volume.

"I buy a lot of tickets. They're here and I like to gamble," Armand Paganelli said, pointing to his store's lottery machine.

"The negative is much greater than the positive, you can be sure of that," he said.

When asked if people might think he rigged the system, he looked confused. "I never thought of it; we're honest, good people," said Paganelli, whose family drugstore opened in 1964.

He wouldn't divulge what numbers he regularly chooses, but did explain where the winnings go — his four kids' college educations and charity. He's a board member of the Bronx Boys & Girls Club, and his office is filled with photos of charity events and certificates of appreciation.

"Everywhere you look is charity, it's our life, it's what we do," ­Paganelli said.

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Posted: June 7, 2015, 10:39 am - IP Logged

probably cashing tickets for customers who are hiding from child support or something

    gocart1's avatar - lighthouse
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    Posted: June 7, 2015, 6:49 pm - IP Logged

    probably cashing tickets for customers who are hiding from child support or something

    Lets see what happens in a few months..PartyUS FlagParty

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      Posted: June 7, 2015, 9:35 pm - IP Logged

      Congratulation to this retailer. 16 win in secure number games. In about 4 years, great.

        ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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        Posted: June 8, 2015, 4:49 am - IP Logged

        Well, if he is on the up and up congrats to him. Sounds like he might be playing though and the lottery commission believes him. Plus, the lottery officials probably got access to video camera footage of him actually buying the tickets.

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

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          Posted: June 8, 2015, 10:35 am - IP Logged

          Congratulations on your win. And God blessed forgiving back to your community

            Lynn-Lynn's avatar - yocco
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            Posted: June 8, 2015, 10:41 am - IP Logged

            Congratulations on your win. And the fact your going to keep working.


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              Posted: June 8, 2015, 11:42 am - IP Logged

              probably cashing tickets for customers who are hiding from child support or something

              Yep, just another filthy cheat.

              Just the fact that it's NY makes it very suspicious.

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                Posted: June 8, 2015, 11:58 am - IP Logged

                "When asked if people might think he rigged the system, he looked confused. "I never thought of it; we're honest, good people," said Paganelli, whose family drugstore opened in 1964."

                There you read it straight from his mouth, if you don't believe him, who else are you going to believe?  He makes it sound like anyone who is willing to buy a lot of tickets can get lucky in spite of the odds.

                 * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                   
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                  Posted: June 8, 2015, 12:20 pm - IP Logged

                  "When asked if people might think he rigged the system, he looked confused. "I never thought of it; we're honest, good people," said Paganelli, whose family drugstore opened in 1964."

                  There you read it straight from his mouth, if you don't believe him, who else are you going to believe?  He makes it sound like anyone who is willing to buy a lot of tickets can get lucky in spite of the odds.

                  LOL Right!

                  I can buy 258,890,849 Mega Millions tickets for one drawing & still lose miserably!

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                    Posted: June 8, 2015, 5:15 pm - IP Logged

                    Just another degenerate gambler who got lucky and wants publicity.

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                      Posted: June 8, 2015, 8:19 pm - IP Logged

                      Just another degenerate gambler who got lucky and wants publicity.

                      If they got it made...congratulate them. We all gamble at one point. Playing with porbability is definitely a gamble move.

                      playing what can be afforded...spend half of what was reclaimed.

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                        Posted: June 9, 2015, 5:45 pm - IP Logged

                        Well, if he is on the up and up congrats to him. Sounds like he might be playing though and the lottery commission believes him. Plus, the lottery officials probably got access to video camera footage of him actually buying the tickets.

                        +1 Agree!!!!

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                          Posted: June 11, 2015, 5:05 pm - IP Logged

                          If this is legit then congratulations to him.

                          Happy healthy wealthy and wise.

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                            Posted: June 18, 2015, 5:40 am - IP Logged

                            Wonder if he will send me some scratch-offs from his store...

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