Fifty-one-year-old Daniel Hughes of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, New York (where I used to live) takes great pride in his expertise behind the wheel of his 18-wheeler.
So, to say the veteran tri-state hauler was shocked at the ticket he picked up during a recent delivery to Albany, New York would be an understatement, according to Hughes’ wife of 26 years, Patricia.
The ticket turned out to be a top prize winner on the New York Lottery’s Win $1,000 A Week For Life game.
The $2 scratch-off Hughes purchased out of a convenience store vending machine offers a guaranteed minimum prize of $1,000,000.
“I stopped for coffee before getting on the Thruway and decided to get a ticket on the way out, explained the father of two. I scratched it in the cab of my truck and had to sit there for a while to let it sink in.
Hughes said he thought about calling Patricia to break the news, but then reconsidered. I knew she wouldn’t believe me, he laughed. Hughes said he got back on the road and began the 90-minute return trip to his depot in Poughkeepsie. It was the longest trip of my life, he said.
Hughes opted to split the prize with his wife, netting each a 50 percent share of the guaranteed $1,000,000 minimum prize. . “Of course, we’re thankful we won,” he said. “But, I don’t see too much changing. This is college money for the kids and a chance to breathe a little easier.”