SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The New York State Lottery presented $1 million Powerball winnings to a Kinderhook man Thursday.
Arnold "Arnie" March, a 59-year-old father of two, bought his ticket featuring five sets of Quick Pick numbers on February 22 while en route to his night shift at Minerals Technologies in Canaan, Connecticut where he maintains the company's furnace operations.
March said he checked his winning numbers the day after the drawing as a way to pass time before his beloved Daytona 500 race.
"I checked on line while I waited for the race to start," he said. "I always look for the Powerball number first because if you don't have it, I figure, it's a loser. I checked the other numbers not expecting much and realized – man, we got it!"
March and his wife Claudia, married almost 34 years, agreed early on they wouldn't let their sudden change of fortune affect them.
"I asked her if there was anything at all she wanted and she told me she didn't want anything to change," recalled March. "So I got up and gave her a kiss and told her some things had already changed ‘because you've just been kissed by a millionaire.'"
March purchased his winning ticket at the Chatham Getty at 123 South Hudson St. in Chatham.
He claimed his $1,000,000 second prize on February 27 at the Lottery's Customer Service Center in Schenectady. March will receive his million as a lump sum payment; netting him a total of $661,800 after required withholdings.
March said he plans to use the money to give to his church, help with his children's college loans and beef up his retirement savings, which he insisted is "still a few years away."