Schenectady, NY – The Albany 7 : NY Lottery Introduces Mega Millions Winners

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    Mega Millions lottery winners pose with $319 million checks during a news conference in Schenectady, N.Y., Thursday, March 31, 2011. From left are Leon Peck, Kristin Baldwin, Mike Barth, Tracy Sussman, John Kutey, Gabrielle Mahar ad John Hilton. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)Schenectady, NY – The seven state workers from the Albany, N.Y. area who purchased the winning ticket in last week’s $319 million Mega Millions jackpot have been officially introduced.

    New York’s lottery says the four men and three women are information technology workers at the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal who bought their ticket at a newsstand in downtown Albany. They range in age from 29 to 63 and are discussing the win at the department’s Schenectady (skeh-NEHK’-ta-dee) headquarters.

    One winner says she was dumbfounded when she saw the numbers come up.

    Word spread quickly among the group. One member figured his phone ringing after hours meant an equipment malfunction at work.

    They’re each collecting checks for $19.1 million after taxes.

    The jackpot was the fifth-largest in the multistate game’s history.


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