A Fishs Eddy quarryman discovered that five bucks can get you a million if luck is with you when you buy a lottery ticket.
Jon Brush, 62, of Fishs Eddy, bought a Triple Diamonds scratch-off New York lottery ticket at the Country Store and Kitchen on Route 17 in East Branch on July 7.
Brush said he scratched off the spaces in his car and then hid the ticket inside the vehicle until he could tell his wife and family about his win.
"I won't tell you where exactly so I can use the same spot for my next jackpot win," he joked in a lottery media release.
Brush does not have a listed phone number, and lottery officials do not release phone numbers of winners, so it was not possible to reach Brush by phone Thursday.
Jennifer Givner, a New York Lottery spokeswoman, said she met Brush when he claimed his prize two days after he won.
Givner said that the reserved father of two said his newfound windfall won't change him.
"I pride myself on being a simple man," Brush said in the release. "The money will certainly come in handy, but I will continue to lead a normal life."
Brush said he waited two days to claim because he wanted to inform his family.
"I wanted to make sure my wife, Mildred, was the first to know," he said in the release. "I called my daughter Lori next and then decided to drive to the lottery offices to claim."
Givner said the top prize on the Triple Diamonds ticket is paid as a 20-year annuity. Brush will receive his prize in annual payments of $50,000 a year before required tax withholdings. His annual net check will total $33,015.
Brush and his wife were presented their ceremonial oversized check during a Binghamton Mets game on July 31. Givner said the presentation was part of a New York Lottery promotion.
Givner said that when asked what his plans were for his winnings, Brush didn't have to think about it long.
"The job of a quarryman is very hard work. This money will allow my family and I to take a nice, long, relaxing vacation," Brush said in the release.
Givner said there is still a million-dollar prize available in the Triple Diamonds game, but when that prize is claimed, the game will be pulled from dealers' shelves.