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NY couple collects state's largest-ever scratch-off lottery prize

Mar 10, 2017, 9:44 pm

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New York LotteryNew York Lottery: NY couple collects state's largest-ever scratch-off lottery prizeRating:

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — James and Sylvia Silverence are the winners of the New York Lottery's largest-ever scratch-off prize.

The lottery's Yolanda Vega presented a ceremonial check to the Poughkeepsie couple at a Stewart's Shop on Thursday.

"I fell on the floor, I was laughing," James Silverence said of the moment he and his wife realized they had won. "I couldn't get off the floor. I was in shock."

Their sons came running downstairs, thinking their dad was injured.

The parents of four boys said they do not plan to make major changes in their lives but will use the money to pay college expenses for their sons and buy a new truck for James and a few diamonds for Sylvia.

The Silvernences are splitting the jackpot, with each receiving $3,309,000 after required holdings.

James bought the winning ticket in the "$10,000,000 Cash" scratch-off game at the Stewart's Shop on Vassar Road in Poughkeepsie, where he gone to collect $125 winning from a different game.

"The lady ahead of me had purchased four of the $10 million cash tickets and didn't win," he said. "There were six tickets left, so I put in some extra money and got them all."

The tickets cost $30 apiece.

Silverence took the tickets home to his wife and had her scratch them off.

Realizing they might have just won $10 million, she covered up the word "jackpot" on the winning ticket and then showed it to her husband.

"When Sylvia showed me the matching numbers and moved her finger to reveal the word 'jackpot,' we both just started screaming," he said.

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Posted: March 11, 2017, 12:06 am - IP Logged

Congrats, enjoy Party

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    Posted: March 11, 2017, 1:12 am - IP Logged

    A pure case of being in the right place at the right time!

    A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

    Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

    Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

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      How to Become Lucky & Always Be in the Right Place at the Right Time:

      A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

      Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

      Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

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        Posted: March 11, 2017, 2:51 am - IP Logged

        Congratulations to James and Sylvia Silverence of Poughkeepsie,NY. Banana

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          Posted: March 11, 2017, 8:04 am - IP Logged

          Congratulations!  Nothing better than a feel good story early in the morning.   

           

          Wonder how long it takes New York to get the moola to the winners?

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            Posted: March 11, 2017, 12:36 pm - IP Logged

            The Silvernences are splitting the jackpot, with each receiving $3,309,000 after required holdings.

            They are a married couple. Anyone else see this as odd that they would divide their winnings?

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              Posted: March 11, 2017, 12:40 pm - IP Logged

              Congrats!!!

              Smile

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                Posted: March 11, 2017, 1:38 pm - IP Logged
                Congrats to James & Sylvia Silverence on their win. Great story to
                start your day with.       Party               
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                  Posted: March 11, 2017, 5:10 pm - IP Logged

                  The Silvernences are splitting the jackpot, with each receiving $3,309,000 after required holdings.

                  They are a married couple. Anyone else see this as odd that they would divide their winnings?

                  I Agree! This is almost unique. They understand the power money has in a relationship.

                  When will COVID-19 be finished?  A vaccine may protect all of us.

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                    Posted: March 11, 2017, 5:43 pm - IP Logged

                    Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Silverence!

                     

                    I dunno about you all, but Yolanda Vega and her nice body make me want to win the big one in the state of NY. A JP and a hug from her would be a double win for me!

                     

                     

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                      Posted: March 11, 2017, 7:37 pm - IP Logged

                      Glad he could afford to do so !

                      I don't play scratch offs as I don't have enough discretionary income that I can plunk down $180 in a scratch off purchase.

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                        Posted: March 11, 2017, 9:04 pm - IP Logged

                        The Silvernences are splitting the jackpot, with each receiving $3,309,000 after required holdings.

                        They are a married couple. Anyone else see this as odd that they would divide their winnings?

                        Yep, she got him trained alright. If he goes out and blows his wad, on midlife crisis, she will just lay back and laugh. He ain't getting any of her money.

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                          Posted: March 11, 2017, 9:23 pm - IP Logged

                          Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Silverence!

                           

                          I dunno about you all, but Yolanda Vega and her nice body make me want to win the big one in the state of NY. A JP and a hug from her would be a double win for me!

                           

                           

                          http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/gameshows/images/0/04/YolandaVega.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120109032114

                          I Agree! She is a gorgeous woman. Don't you think it will serve you better, to find your own eye candy, instead of salivating and drooling over Y.Vega?. The world is full of beautiful women. You just have to approach and start a conversation. Next thing you know, you might end up doing the lambada. Good luck to you.

                          Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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                            Posted: March 12, 2017, 5:55 am - IP Logged

                            Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Silverence!

                             

                            I dunno about you all, but Yolanda Vega and her nice body make me want to win the big one in the state of NY. A JP and a hug from her would be a double win for me!

                             

                             

                            http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/gameshows/images/0/04/YolandaVega.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120109032114

                            "I dunno about you all, but Yolanda Vega and her nice body make me want to win the big one in the state of NY. A JP and a hug from her would be a double win for me!"

                            If you win a $10M jackpot in any state you'll find plenty of women with nice bodies willing to give you a hug, men too if you prefer. Wink

                             * you don't need to buy every combination, just the winning ones * 

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