With worries about the future now a thing of the past, Jamestown resident Warren Conklin said he’s ready for what lies ahead.
The 48-year-old Chautauqua County, New York, man won a $1,000,000 top prize on the New York Lottery’s Empire State Millionaire scratch-off game.
It’s a Godsend, really, said Conklin, the head maintenance mechanic at a private label bottling plant in Dunkirk. I don’t have to worry about the future anymore.
Conklin credited his girlfriend with purchasing his $1,000,000 winner. She ran to the store to get some cream for her coffee, he said. I asked her to get some Lottery tickets for me, and this is one of the tickets she picked; simple as that.
Conklin remembers the moment he realized his $5 Empire State Millionaire ticket was a $1,000,000 winner.
It was Thanksgiving. My girlfriend came back from the store, and I was sitting at the table still talking with friends. I scratched the ticket and then we all just kept passing it around the table saying, “This can’t be true.’ I spent the rest of the night pacing around the house.
Conklin will receive his $1,000,000 prize in 20 annual payments of $50,000. His annual net check will total $33,090. I don’t have any real plans for the money, insisted Conklin. It’s just nice knowing it’s there.