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Yolanda Vega
Her distinctive delivery and unique on-camera style made this Brooklyn native a favorite among New Yorkers almost as soon as she hit the airwaves in February of 1990. After graduating from Hunter College in New York City with a B.A. degree in Economics, Yolanda spent several years working as an accountant. In 1986, she married New York State Trooper, Miguel A. Vega and today they live in the Albany area, where they make their home along with their daughters.

Yolanda Trivia

Beside her work as an accountant at a bagel company, one of Yolanda's other former jobs was as a clerk at a dry cleaning store.

Personal Interest Profile

Meal: Lobster, Crab, Clams & Shrimp
Vacation: Caribbean Islands
Movie: Imitation of Life, AVATAR
Sport: Baseball - Yankees!
Actor: Denzel Washington
Musician: Marc Anthony & Beyonce
TV Show: Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds
Earliest Influence:Close-knit, loving family
Author: James Patterson
Greatest Achievement: Birth of her two daughters
Hobbies: Bowling, dancing, working out

Gretchen Dizer
Originally from the Buffalo area, Gretchen studied theatre, voice, and dance from an early age. In 2006 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Niagara University with a BFA in Theatre Performance and a minor in Communications. She continued her education by traveling to Ireland and attending the University of Limerick. In 2007, she graduated, First Class Honors, with an MA in Ethnochorelogy; the study of cultural dance and movement. A world class Irish dancer, she continued to live in Ireland to develop and improve her understanding of Irish culture, music and dance. She is very happy to join the New York Lottery Draw Team and looks forward to traveling, as well as meeting and talking with many people.

Gretchen Trivia

Gretchen loves to collect and listen to world and folk music. She also loves learning songs in different languages.

Personal Interest Profile

Meal: chilled fruit soups, chicken breast, pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, and rice
Vacation: Southern Caribbean
Movie: The Blue Lagoon
Sport: Formal Bocce
Actor: Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Johnny Depp
Musician: Foy Vance, Kila, Allison Krauss, Sarah McLaughlin
TV Show: Any discovery and exploration shows
Earliest Influence: My best friend growing up, Olivia
Author: Aurthur Golden and Clifford Geertz
Greatest Achievement: My Masters degree
Hobbies: Listening to music, traveling, singing, playing with kids, taking walks, camping.

Magen MacDavid
Magen MacDavid grew up in Queensbury, New York about 10 miles away from Lake George. Prior to joining the New York Lottery draw team Magen worked in all areas of broadcasting & throughout New York State. From reporting and anchoring the news in Glens Falls to working as an intern in NYC for Dateline NBC. In November of 2012 Magen married her husband Ryan in the Bahamas. They currently reside in the capital region with their dog Jenna. Magen is thrilled to be part of the New York Lottery Draw team & hopes to be drawing your winning numbers soon!

Personal Interest Profile

Meal: Eggplant & Ice Cream
Vacation: Anywhere Tropical
Movie: Planes, Trains & Automobiles, ELF
Sport: Tap & Ballet
Actor: Rob Lowe
Musician: DMB
TV Show: I Love Lucy
Earliest Influence: My dad
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Greatest Achievement: Working for Dateline NBC
Hobbies: Exercising, Dance

John Schnurr
John is a born and raised Long Islander whom then ventured north where he attended SUNY Albany and graduated with a B.A. in Theatre in 2012. Theatre was not John’s first intended major; when he first graduated high school he studied Computer Science and Computer Graphic design at Nassau Community College; which used to be his passion. Until he realized he couldn’t coop himself up in an office and needed to be around people not just a screen. John is completely ecstatic to be a part of the New York Lottery draw team and is looking forward to the years to come. John would like to thank all of his friends and family who have stuck by him throughout everything and have been completely supportive of all his endeavors; without their support he wouldn’t be the person he is today.

John Trivia

The original reason John changed his major to theatre was to help him with his professional wrestling career of which he has 3 ½ years training under his belt.

Personal Interest Profile

Meal: Sweet Potatoes
Vacation: St. Maarten
Movie: Clerks
Sport: Wrestling and Football
Actor: J. K. Simmons
Musician: Portugal, The Man, Broadway showtunes
TV Show: The League
Earliest Influence: Friends and Family
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Greatest Achievement: Acquiring a Degree
Hobbies: Yoga, Hula Hooping, Obscure Board and Card Games

Amanda Serrano

Amanda was born and raised in Albany, New York. Growing up, she always had a passion for singing and dancing. That passion turned into a love for musical theater, and she became very involved in many local community and regional theaters. Although she is still involved with theater, she’s explored different creative outlets. Before joining the Lottery team, she attended Paul Mitchell the School, gaining a license in cosmetology. She then worked as a licensed hair stylist for three years at a top notch salon and spa. She would like to thank her family and friends for all of their love and support and is beyond thrilled to be apart of the draw team helping make people’s dreams come true.

Amanda Trivia

Amanda always wanted to be a professional ballroom dancer specializing in Latin as seen on Dancing with the Stars.

Personal Interest Profile

Meal: Puerto Rican, Mexican, Southwest like Chipotle
Vacation: Caribbean
Movie: My Best Friend’s Wedding, Disney movies (Aladdin)…
Sport: Dancing!
Actor: Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep
Musician: Broadway, Pop (Backstreet Boys), Hip hop (Drake), Latin (Marc Anthony).
TV Show: All of Shonda Rhimes shows (Grey’s/How to Get/Scandal), Wonder Years, I Love Lucy, Boy Meets World, Law and Order SVU
Earliest Influence: My loving parents
Author: My favorite writer/playwright is Lin Manuel Miranda
Greatest Achievement: Still reaching for the stars
Hobbies: Performing, singing/dancing, kickboxing, hair and makeup


Maxine Ballard
Born and raised in the Capital District (Cohoes, NY), Maxine enlisted in the US Army and served as a Military Policewoman from 1981 to 1983. She went on to work with the Albany Correctional Facility for three years before changing her line of work where she ultimately landed her job as an emcee with the New York Lottery in January 1989. Although she ventured into different roles within the New York Lottery, she landed back on TV as an emcee in October 2014.

Maxine Trivia

You can meet up with Maxine at various New York Lottery promotional events where she may say to you “HAVE A FANTASTIC DAY!”

Personal Interest Profile

Meal: My homemade spaghetti sauce
Vacation: I LOVE cruising, especially to the Caribbean when it is freezing in New York
Movie: Beaches with Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey
Sport: Basketball (my 23-year-old daughter, who is nearly 6 ft. tall played since 3rd grade)
Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
Musician: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Bruno Mars and Pink
TV Show: This changes often, right now I’m hooked on Netflix and Amazon originals (Travelers; Stranger Things; Mozart in the Jungle; Transparent; Catastrophe, OA, Goliath and The Crown)
Earliest Influence: my Dad and his love of family along with having an incredible work ethic
Author: I usually wait for the movie!
Greatest Achievement: Raising my daughter (with the support of my family) working full-time and managing to have her become this incredible, thoughtful and caring woman.
Hobbies: I purchased my first Canon in 1984.  I am the family photographic historian (probably have more pictures of my nieces and nephews than their parents have).