Yolaaaanda Vega retires from NY Lottery after 32 years

Vega and her delivery charmed viewers for decades.

1/28/2022 2:46:00 AM

Yolaaaanda Vega retires from NY Lottery after 32 years

Vega and her delivery charmed viewers for decades.

“All my friends are retiring,” she told Williams.“I love my job,” she said. “I love giving away millions of dollars and announcing the numbers on TV. I love it passionately.”Vega, whogrew up in Brooklyn, became a face of the lottery in 1990 after a career in finance.

In addition to reading the numbers for eager ticketholders at home, she presented prize checks to winners throughout the state.Vega didn’t debut the famous reading of her name at her audition — that came later.Yolanda Vega presents Michael Shepard with a ceremonial check in Utica, New York after he won on a supermarket scratch-off ticket. She traveled the state presenting the checks and interviewing lottery winners.

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She's been going this entire time? 'im YOLAAAAnDA VEGA' is burned into my mind. Lol... Classic. Gonna miss ya Gotta have the sound … Sad day. It’s should be a statewide holiday Absolute legend Wow! What a run. Enjoy retirement, Yolaaaanda. Literally been around since I was born wow 🤩 Yolaaaanda!!

January 24, 2022 “All my friends are retiring,” she told Williams. “I love my job,” she said. “I love giving away millions of dollars and announcing the numbers on TV. I love it passionately.” Vega, who grew up in Brooklyn , became a face of the lottery in 1990 after a career in finance. In addition to reading the numbers for eager ticketholders at home, she presented prize checks to winners throughout the state. Vega didn’t debut the famous reading of her name at her audition — that came later. Yolanda Vega presents Michael Shepard with a ceremonial check in Utica, New York after he won on a supermarket scratch-off ticket. She traveled the state presenting the checks and interviewing lottery winners. NY Lottery/NYS Gaming Commission “I went in and I said ‘I’m Yolaaaanda Vega,’ and the director or producer who was timing it all said ‘What are you doing? You’re sucking up time, ’” she told NBC New York. But Vega’s delivery proved to be the best use of her time, endearing her to countless New Yorkers and people all over the area. Thank you for relying on us to provide the journalism you can trust. Please consider supporting