LOS ANGELES - Stop that $1 million check: It turns out the call girl linked to Eliot Spitzer had already shed her clothes for "Girls Gone Wild" as an 18-year-old while partying in Miami, the video company's founder said yesterday.

Joe Francis had reached out to Ashley Alexandra Dupre, now 22, with an offer of $1 million to appear in a non-nude spread for his company's new magazine, plus a chance to join the "Girls Gone Wild" tour bus, his company announced yesterday. But Francis said someone had a revelation at yesterday morning's staff meeting: Did anyone think to check the archives?

They did, he said - and there she was.

"It'll save me a million bucks," Francis told the Associated Press later in the day. "It's kind of like finding a winning lottery ticket in the cushions of your couch."

He said his employees got to work on pulling the footage and planned to offer it on the Web site by last night. *