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Yoland Vega presents Binghamton man with $1M lottery prize

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A Town of Binghamton man is singing a happy tune after winning a $1 million Lottery scratch-off prize.

Tim Emmons purchased eight $5 "88 Fortunes" scratch-offs at the Mirabito Convenience Store at the intersection of Park Avenue and Hawleyton Road.

He gave four to his family and kept four for himself.

The second ticket he scratched revealed the $1 million jackpot symbol.

After returning to the store to verify the prize, Emmons notified his accountant, his financial advisor, and then his wife, an order he now admitted should have been reversed.

He also called his boss at Lockheed Martin to ask for a few days off and tell him what a good day he was having.

"'I'm having a great Monday, best I've ever had.'  And he goes, 'What did you win the lottery or something?'  And I said, 'Well, as a matter of fact . . .'  He says, 'No!'  And about 10 seconds later, he goes, 'Are you calling me to say you're retiring?  Because we've got a lot of work to do.'  And I said, 'No, not yet.  I don't have any plans yet," said Emmons.

Emmons does plan to take a cruise with his wife Lorraine, provide some financial support to their seven grown children and save for retirement.

Emmons opted for the single payout, which after tax withholdings came to $537,000 dollars.

Lottery celebrity spokesperson Yoland Vega says Emmons bought the eight tickets using some small winnings from the same 88 Fortunes.

"He purchased the same ticket.  Usually people spread it around.  'Just give me one of these and one of those.'  He just felt that this 88 Fortunes was his ticket to ride and it was," said Vega.

Vega says the Mirabito chains had a lucky streak of late, with four major winners recently.

Emmons is also a member of the popular local band "Old Friends."

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