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LaGrangeville Named the Jackpot Capital of New York
Located in the southeast part of LaGrange, New York, LaGrangeville has now been dubbed the Jackpot Capital of New York.
By: Lucky Lotto
This comes as a surprise to Christopher James Bell, a filmmaker from LaGrangeville. “I didn’t know that LaGrangeville was the lottery capital of the world, says Bell. According to Bell, LaGrangeville is a really nice play to grow up, but there isn’t much to do. “Maybe there’s something supernatural going on,” he says, “or maybe there’s so much nothing to do that people just scratch cards and pencil in numbers all day out of boredom.”
LuckyLotto, an online lottery website specializing in lottery news and information conducted a study of the lottery in New York that yielded some interesting results. http://LuckyLotto.com reported that LaGrangeville, in Dutchess County New York, has had more Jackpot winners per capita than any other city in New York.
According to the official New York lottery website, LaGrangeville, a hamlet of the Town of LaGrange with a population of under 9,000, is home to 3 Lottery Jackpot winners since 2001. LaGrangeville just might be the luckiest town in the US.
LaGrangeville is home to two recent Lottery Millionaires. In 2001, Gertrude Scaccia and her sister Nancy, of Hopewell Junction, split an $18,000,000 Lotto Jackpot. In February of 2008, Anna Marie and Steven Cuomo claimed their $1,000,000 Jackpot. Anna Marie and Steven won the top prize on the Lottery’s Liberty’s Millions scratch-off game.
More recently, in May of 2008 sixty-five year-old William Rao of Hopewell Junction won $1,000,000. Rao, who stopped in for a cup of coffee decided to buy a scratch ticket. Rao left the gas station with a cup of coffee and a $500,000,000 Extravaganza scratch-off ticket worth $1,000,000.
Rao, who initially thought he had won $1,000 was elated when he saw the extra zeros and realized that he had actually won $1 million. Rao purchased his winning ticket on May 15, 2008 and claimed it at the Lottery’s Fishkill Customer Service Center on May 21, 2008.
It is unlikely for a town as small as LaGrangeville to have even one jackpot winner, but to have three in less than 10 years, and 2 in the same year is unheard of! LaGrangeville must have four-leaf clovers growing up like weeds.
Anthony Galioto, who works in LaGrangeville, says he still tries to get tickets when he can but says, “I doubt I would hit until I turn about 85!” Anthony is evidence that there are still people in LaGrangeville who have not yet won the lottery, but it seems to me that there is no better place to try.
Even though there are still people in LaGrangeville who have not yet won the jackpot, their lottery success certainly warrants an award. Because of this amazing streak of luck, Lucky Lotto is pleased to name LaGrangeville the “Jackpot Capital of New York.”
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