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New Yorkers earn combined lottery prize of $84 mln
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13:13, July 10, 2008

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Two New Yorkers added a combined 84 million dollars in lottery earnings to their bank accounts Wednesday.

The New York Lottery changed the lives of Degli Martinez and Linda Holly, who were awarded their winnings in a Wednesday ceremony in Greenwich Village, www.ny1.com reported.

Martinez, an immigrant from Paraguay and Woodside, Queens resident, claimed the luck of the draw twice -- he lost his lottery ticket last year, but an investigation proved he was the winner of 65 million dollars.

Martinez has reportedly been playing lottery for over 30 years.

"I played twice a week, all those years," Martinez was quoted as saying. "I made 3 dollars, 4 dollars every week, always."

Martinez received the largest single payout ever awarded, while Holly's 19-million-dollar prize was the largest jackpot so far this year.

The store that sold Martinez the winning ticket was already known as a lottery hot spot, with one buyer winning 50,000 dollars in April.

After taxes, Martinez will receive a little over 21 million dollars in a lump sum payment. His first plan is to pay for his daughter's college tuition.


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