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Monroe County Machinery Worker Wins $250,000

Manosith Sayaseng is West Henrietta, NY’s newest Lottery winner. Sayaseng won on a $250,000 second place Mega Millions ticket for the drawing on September 17th. He claimed his prize ten days later at the Lottery’s Syracuse Customer Service Center. Sayaseng works on machinery at Harris Contractor and said he likes Mega Millions for its “Good payouts.”


“I just picked random numbers,” Sayaseng says of his victorious strategy. He purchased his lucky ticket at the PEMM on Kenneth Drive in Rochester. “I didn’t believe I had really won until I checked at a couple of stores,” he explained. This was his first Lottery win.


Sharing in the prize is Sayaseng’s home county, Monroe, which received $159,710,719 in Aid to Education from the New York Lottery last year. That brought the County’s cumulative Aid since 1977 to $1,963,032,965. The winner’s local school district, Rush-Henrietta, alone received $5,649,308 in Aid.


Sayaseng plans to use his prize to fulfill a long-standing wish: “I’m going to go on a vacation to my home country, Laos, to visit my mother,” he said. “I haven’t been there in 30 years.”


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.