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Lottery brings new millionaires to Western New York

Chris Caya/WBFO news

Three Western New Yorkers have hit it big recently in the New York Lottery. 

Gretchen Dizer with the New York Lottery introduced the winners on Tuesday, including Phillip Alger of Buffalo who won $3 million playing Franklin's Fortune.  The 25-year-old Alger supports five children and says the money will be a huge change

"I don't have to struggle and have to worry how I'm going to pay the next bill. And set up a future for my kids. And help my family out," Alger said. 

21-year-old John Fisher of Lima bought two winning Franklin's Fortune  tickets at the same time. The first paid $350. And then, like Alger, Fisher hit the $3 million jackpot.   

"I almost thought I was going to have a heart attack," Fisher said.

Last, Dizer introduced Ray Stankovic, a retired teacher from Batavia who won $1 million on PowerBall. Stankovic says when he checked his ticket, the machine said see the attendant.

"When she showed me what it was, I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe it," Stankovic said. 
Dizer says she doesn't get to present checks to multiple millionaires very often.  

"That's not common," Dizer said. "These tickets are spread out all over the state."