A businessman from the Bronx has won bigger lottery Jackpots than any other New Yorker. The great part of the story comes in when he doesn’t even have to go far to buy them – because he owns a store that sells them. Read further for the full story.
His name is Armand Paganelli and he has scored an unbelievable 16 winning tickets in the years 2013 and 2014, creating a lovely bag of cash for him amounting to $625,000. One Jackpot was $250,000; the others were $25,000 a piece.
These winning tickets were all purchased at the drugstore Armand owns with his brothers – Mt. Carmel Pharmacy on east 187th Street. Armand has won more $10,000 and over Jackpots than anyone else in the state since January 2011.
His wife, Janice, cashed in the tickets herself, but Paganelli, aged 54, told The Post: “She has never bought a lottery ticket in her whole life...she said she’s completely against the buying of lottery tickets. I just ask her to cash them for me.”
It’s easily understandable if a lottery seller who happens to be a huge lottery winner sounds suspicious, but it’s perfectly legal for retailers to buy the tickets that they sell. Unlike scratch-off tickets, which can easily be scratched with a pin to check for winners by a crooked retailer, Armand’s wins came from the more secure numbers games, where digits are pre-picked by the player or machine. Fifteen of his Jackpot wins were of the “Win-4” variety, and the $250,000 prize came from the Mega Millions Lottery game.
Janice has often been quizzed outside the family’s luxurious two-story Westchester home where they have seven vehicles and a Jet Ski parked in the driveway. She just shrugs off the family’s good fortune. “I kind of don’t even keep track. My husband is the luckier one,” she said.
The father of four says that it’s more than luck – it’s sheer volume. “I buy a lot of tickets. They’re here and I like to gamble,” Armand Paganelli said, pointing to his store’s lottery machine. “The negative is much greater than the positive, you can be sure of that,” he said honestly. When asked if he worries about people’s perceptions of him and whether he rigs the system or not, he looked confused. “I never thought of it; we’re honest, good people,” said Armand, whose family drugstore opened back in the year of 1964.
Armand wouldn’t tell reporters what numbers he plays regularly, but he did explain where his winnings go – his four kids’ college educations and charity. Armand is a board member of the Bronx Boys & Girls Club. His office is filled with photos of charity events and certificates of appreciation.
“Everywhere you look is charity, it’s our life, it’s what we do,” said Armand Paganelli.
Well, Armand surely is one of the luckiest players we’ve heard of, but the story stands for itself. He won so much because he played a lot! We are also glad that he has remained humble and puts charity, as well as his children first. We could all aspire to be as generous as him with our online lotto wins.
Just like Armand, you need to play regularly to stand a chance. Play the lotto online now and see if your numbers change the course of your future forever!
Best of luck!
The PlayUSALotteries Team