March 28, 2013

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Two area residents win total of $6 million in NY Lottery prizes



MIDDLETOWN – Dennis Gallagher of Middletown chalks up his $5 million Multiplier scratch-off game win to “the luck of the Irish.” The 63-year-old retired utility worker – he will be 64 next month – was introduced by the New York State Lottery Thursday at the store where he bought the winning $20 ticket – Sam’s Food Stores in Middletown.

After taxes, Gallagher will take home $3.3 million.

• The Lottery’s Jina Myers also introduced Natalie Borneo, 27, of Wappingers Falls, who won $1,000 a week for life when she bought a Win $1,000 a Week for Life. Her annual check, after taxes, will be $34,414 a year. She is a bartender in New York City who bought a couple of Lottery tickets in New York.

Gallagher’s first reaction, when he realized he won, was “Thank you, Jesus.”

He plans to buy a new red truck to replace his current one and help out his church and his younger sisters.

Borneo, who plans to continue working, will use her winnings to take vacations; “They have to have a beach,” she noted. She also plans on helping out her step-father.


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