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Retired Fork Lift Operator For New Process Venture Wins Top Prize on Emerald 8s Lottery Scratch-off Game

The New York Lottery today introduced 77-year-old Albert “Al” Nanni of Fayetteville, Onondaga County, as a top prize winner of the Emerald 8s scratch-off game. The Lottery’s Gretchen Dizer presented Nanni with his over-sized check at the Wegmans where he purchased his $1,000,000 winner.


Nanni became the fifth Lottery millionaire from Onondaga County since June and has more in common with some of the previous winners than just a bigger bank account. “I retired from New Process Gear back when it was still New Process Venture,” he said. On June 22nd three co-workers from New Process Gear hit a $26,000,000 Mega Millions jackpot.


Nanni bought his $1,000,000 winner on August 6th at Wegmans on East Genesee Street in Fayetteville. He claimed his prize the same day at the Lottery’s Customer Service Center in Syracuse. As with most Lottery instant games, the $1,000,000 prize on the Emerald 8s game is paid as $50,000 a year for 20 years. Nanni will receive an annual net check totaling $33,015 through 2029.


“I go to Wegmans every day to shop and play my daily numbers. I have won a few smaller prizes on the Emerald 8s tickets in the past so I decided to pick up another one and see if I could win again. You can imagine my surprise when I saw the word jackpot,” said Nanni.


Onondaga County’s newest millionaire says he plans to share his winnings with his family. “My son is very dear to me. He is my ‘Rock of Gibraltar’ so I will certainly share my good fortune with him. Other than that I have no idea how I’ll spend the money. It’s all still sinking in,” he said.


The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, earning more than $39.3 billion in education support statewide since its founding over 40 years ago. The Lottery contributed nearly $2.67 billion in fiscal year 2009-2010 to help support education in New York State, which was over 12 percent of total state education funding to local school districts.


Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school district’s size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.