Catskill $1,000,000 Winner identified

Catskill Man Wins $1,000,000 Powerball Prize

Sixty-one-year-old John Henderson of Catskill admits he only buys Powerball tickets when the jackpot gets really high. The $62,400,000 jackpot for the January 17 drawing was high enough for Henderson to purchase a Quick Pick ticket at Smoker’s Choice on Boulevard Road in Catskill for that night’s drawing. That Quick Pick ticket matched the first five numbers drawn earning Henderson the $1,000,000 second prize.

“I didn’t even think to check my ticket,” said Henderson. “My daughter called to tell me that Smoker’s Choice sold a $1,000,000 winner. She knew I bought my tickets there and told me to check.”

When Henderson checked the numbers and realized he matched the first five drawn he reacted like any one would. “My heart started pounding like crazy!”

The winning numbers for the January 17 Powerball drawing were 3-33-37-51-57 Powerball 21.

The $1,000,000 Powerball second prize is paid out as a one-time lump sum payment. Henderson will receive a net check totaling $661,803 after required withholdings.

Greene County’s first Lottery millionaire of the year said winning the Lottery is unbelievable. “I’ll use the money to make sure my children are taken care of. I might also use some of it to buy myself a newer truck.”

Henderson is the 13th New York Lottery player to claim a prize totaling $1,000,000 or more in 2018.

The New York Lottery contributed $6,654,686 in Lottery Aid to Education to school districts in Greene County during fiscal year 2016-2017.

About the New York Lottery

The New York Lottery continues to be North America’s largest and most profitable Lottery, contributing $3.27 billion in fiscal year 2016-2017 to help support education in New York State. The Lottery’s contribution represents approximately 14 percent of total state education aid to local school districts.

New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education. It takes into account both a school district’s size and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding.

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