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Catskill man wins $1,000,000 Powerball prize

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    The $1 million Powerball winner advertised at Smoker’s Choice in Catskill. John Henderson, 61, of Catskill bought the winning ticket.
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    Jada Kitson/Columbia-Greene Media The Smokers Choice at 18 Boulevard Ave. in Catskill that sold a winning Powerball ticket between Jan. 14 and Jan. 17. John Henderson, 61, of Catskill bought the winning ticket.
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    Jada Kitson/Columbia-Greene Media The Smokers Choice at 18 Boulevard Ave., Catskill, that sold a winning Powerball ticket between Jan. 14 and Jan. 17. John Henderson, 61, of Catskill bought the winning ticket.
March 12, 2018 06:54 pm

CATSKILL —­ John Henderson of Catskill admitted he only buys Powerball tickets when the jackpot gets extremely high.

So the $62.4 million jackpot for the Jan. 17 drawing was high enough for him to purchase a Quick Pick ticket at Smoker’s Choice on Boulevard Avenue in Catskill for that night’s drawing.

The Quick Pick ticket matched the first five numbers drawn, winning Henderson, 61, the $1 million second prize.

“I didn’t even think to check my ticket,” Henderson said. “My daughter called to tell me that Smoker’s Choice sold a $1 million 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 as anyone would.

“My heart started pounding like crazy,” he said.

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

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

Winning the Powerball prize is unbelievable, Greene County’s first Lottery millionaire of the year said.

“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 million 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.

The New York Lottery is North America’s largest and most profitable, contributing $3.27 billion in fiscal year 2016-17 to help support education in New York State, according to a statement from the New York Lottery. 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.