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New Yorkers going ape for $50M 'King Kong' lottery

Nov 8, 2005, 7:27 am

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New York Lottery

It's the gorilla of all lotteries.

The state lottery's new "King Kong Millions" game is guaranteeing a jackpot of at least $50 million, spurring New Yorkers yesterday to line up for their first crack at tickets.

"If I win, I want to run up to the top of the Empire State Building and yell, 'Yeah!'" said Carol Roy, 58, of the Bronx, who forked over $2 for a King Kong Millions ticket.

On Dec. 5, state lottery officials will head to the top of the Empire State for the one-time drawing - part of a tie-in to next month's release of director Peter Jackson's remake of the classic film.

The jackpot will grow based on ticket sales, lottery officials said.

Five second-place winners will take home $1 million each, and 10 third-place winners will get $100,000 apiece.

An associated King Kong Millions scratchoff game starts Nov. 30 - with a top prize of $8 million, the biggest-ever single jackpot for a New York State scratchoff game.

This is the first time the lottery has ever teamed up with Hollywood to promote a game.

Empire State Building guard John Hyman was among the first lottery players yesterday.

"King Kong is what made this building," said Hyman, of the Bronx. "I'm hoping the first million goes to someone here."

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