Yolanda Vega Retires After Three Decades with New York Lottery
The woman who became the "face" of the New York Lottery - Yolanda Vega - has retired.
Vega was one of several people hired to announce the winning lottery numbers during televised drawings.
Her enthusiastic approach - including her unique way of introducing herself - turned her into something of a statewide celebrity.
In a tweet, the lottery announced Vega's retirement "after an incredible 32 years."
The brief message added: "We truly hit the jackpot by having her as part of the New York Lottery family."
Vega herself made no public comment about leaving the lottery operation.
In addition to the regular appearances on televised drawings, Vega frequently showed up around the state to present checks to lottery winners.
Vega also occasionally popped up at Broome County bars to interrupt people enjoying chicken wings as she promoted the lottery games.
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