Port Jervis man hits NY Lottery jackpot

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A Port Jervis animal control officer has become Orange County's newest millionaire after hitting a New York Lottery jackpot.

Barry Longwell, 64, says he has been playing the lottery for 25 years and says he still doesn't believe that he won $1 million.

"I wish it could happen to everybody," he says.

Longwell bought the lucky Win a Million scratch-off ticket July 21 in Port Jervis after cashing in $20 in lottery tickets.

"All I could hear was my father yelling, '$1 million, $1 million,'" says Longwell's daughter Michelle Phillips.

Longwell says he'll spend his prize money on a vacation and use a portion of it to upgrade his van.

In 2008, Longwell won $250,000 on Mega Millions.

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