The New York Lottery handed over an oversized $1 million check to one of the Hudson Valley's own on Thursday.
Joseph Corsello of Stormville is New York’s newest Lottery millionaire.
Corsello, a 62-year-old fencing contractor, earned the check by matching the number 16 on a Super Tripler Cash scratch-off ticket purchased on his way to work.
“I stop every morning for coffee and a few Lottery tickets," said Corsello. "I was going to buy three of the Super Tripler Cash tickets but decided to get four this time.
Corsello, who just celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary with his wife, Carol, said he scratched three of the four tickets before clocking in at work without any luck and then noticed a match on the number 16 on the second line of the fourth ticket.
“I scratched the prize underneath and saw the words ‘Jackpot – $1 Million.’ I immediately thought of my wife and how lucky I was to find her. I just want to make life easier for her,” he said.
The father of two and grandfather of two said he plans to continue working, but without all the stress that comes with worrying about retirement.
“I feel like a huge burden has been lifted off my back,” he said. “I think sometimes, luck just finds you.”
Corsello chose to receive his $1 million prize as an annuity. He will continue to receive annual payments of $50,000 (net $33,090) through 2036. He said the extra cash will provide a nice cushion for him and his wife during their retirement years.
Corsello purchased his $1 million-winning ticket at Hopewell Premium Gas located at 1113 Route 82 in Hopewell Junction.
Other recent Dutchess County winners include James and Sylvia Silverance of Poughkeepsie who split a $10 million prize on a $10,000,000 Cash scratch-off game in January and Richard Green of East Fishkill who took home his $1 million Mega Millions second prize in April.
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