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Capital Region’s Second $50,000 Lottery Winner This Week Claims in Schenectady

The region’s second $50,000 New York Lottery winner of the week claimed his prize today at the Schenectady Customer Service Center. Vietnam veteran James Markley couldn’t believe his good luck as he claimed his Win a Million a Year for Life second place prize. “I almost passed out when I saw it,” he confessed.


“Cool, man! I won the Lottery!” was the Albany County resident’s excited reaction when he first scratched off his instant ticket and saw that he was a winner. “I couldn’t believe it,” he said, “I went back into the retailer and had to have them confirm.”


With this win, Markley joined local Set for Life winner Chris Covey who claimed his second place prize just three days earlier. “He has a ton of luck,” explained the friends who accompanied Markley to Schenectady. “The $1 and $2 tickets…He always wins!”


This lucky guy says he strayed from his usual $1-to-$2 tickets and chose the $30 Win a Million a Year for Life ticket yesterday because, “I felt lucky.” He purchased the big winner at the Madison Mobil station on Madison Avenue in Albany. He plans to spend his prize money, “Wisely.”


Markley’s home county, Albany, is a Lottery winner as well. The New York Lottery contributed $40,100,278 in Aid to Education to Albany County last year. That brought the County’s cumulative Aid since 1977 to a staggering $514,524,863.


Win a Million a Year for Life is a $30 instant ticket with a minimum top prize of $20,000,000 and $1,000,000 a year for life after that threshold. The odds of winning a second place prize like Markley are 1 in 252,000. The odds of winning a top prize are 1 in 3,528,000.


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.