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Mineville man wins $1 million

Lottery prize awarded in Port Henry ceremony

Jaime Velsini of Mineville is presented with his $1 million state lottery prize by Jina Myers, center, state lottery spokeswoman. Looking on his Velsini’s fiancee Erin Bigelow.

Jaime Velsini of Mineville is presented with his $1 million state lottery prize by Jina Myers, center, state lottery spokeswoman. Looking on his Velsini’s fiancee Erin Bigelow.

— Jamie Velsini is a lucky guy, times two.

The Mineville man is getting married Aug. 31 and last week claimed a $1 million state lottery prize. But don’t expect his life to change.

“Nothing’s going to change,” Velsini said at a ceremony June 14 with state lottery officials. “I like my life just the way it is. Maybe things will be a bit easier now.”

Will his wedding be bigger than originally planned? No.

“We’re not going to change a thing; we’re not going to change,” said Erin Bigelow, Velsini’s fiancee. “This will help pay for the wedding, but we’re not changing anything.”

Velsini said he’ll use the lottery prize to pay for his wedding and to help family.

Velsini won $1 million on the lottery’s Fabulous Fortune scratch-off game. He purchased the ticket at Stewart’s Shop in Port Henry on May 20.

“I stopped at Stewart’s to buy gas,” he recalled. “When I went inside I saw the lottery ticket and just felt lucky.”

After returning to his truck, Velsini scratched the ticket. He couldn’t believe he had won.

“I looked over the ticket 15 times before I was convinced that it was real and that I had just won $1 million,” Velsini said.

Velsini decided to take his prize in a lump sum rather than annual payments. The lump sum totaled $820,000, $542,676 after taxes.

Velsini is not a regular lottery player.

“I don’t buy a lot of (lottery) tickets,” he said. “If I feel lucky I buy one.”

Jina Myers, lottery spokeswoman, presented Velsini will an over-size check for $1 million at the Stewart’s in Port Henry in front of television cameras, media and friends.

“Jaime’s a lucky man and Erin is one lucky girl,” Myers said. “I’m so pleased to present this check.”

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