Doid Kerns, a retired mechanic who lives in Schuyler County, goes out and buys lottery tickets almost every day – Take 5, Mega Millions, Powerball. It's one of his favorite pastimes. The most he'd ever won was $1,000 – until now.
Doid Kerns, a retired mechanic who lives in Schuyler County, goes out and buys lottery tickets almost every day – Take 5, Mega Millions, Powerball. It’s one of his favorite pastimes. The most he’d ever won was $1,000 – until now.
Kerns, 74, was presented Tuesday with an oversized check for $1,000,000 by New York Lottery personality Yolanda Vega during a press conference at the Dandy Mart on County Route 79 in Burdett, where he bought his winning Powerball ticket.
His lucky Quick Pick numbers were 01-07-10-22-49.
Actually, the ticket was a double-winner - he also won a $7 prize on a different line on the same ticket.
Kerns, who lives in Valois on the east side of Seneca Lake, hit it big in the June 4 drawing. He found out he won when he stopped at a grocery store in Trumansburg the next day and scanned his tickets, with the total coming to $1,000,007.
“I had the guy double-check on his machine and he said ‘Wow,’” Kerns recalled.
Kerns opted for the lump sum payment on his million-dollar prize, which will amount to $661,804 after taxes.
Asked by Yolanda Vega on Tuesday how he felt after finding out he’d won, Kerns summed it up with one word: “Happy.”
But he doesn’t have any plans for a wild trip to Las Vegas to blow the cash.
“I’m going to pay off my house and all my debts, and buy a car,” Kerns said. “Then I’m going to give my daughter most of what’s left and send my three grandsons to college.”
Kerns says he’s going to buy a brand-new Chevy Traverse, a SUV.
Kerns moved to the Finger Lakes in the early 1980s with his ex-wife after a 20-year career in the Navy and Army. He was a helicopter mechanic. He worked several mechanic jobs after retiring from the military, most recently at Cornell University.
Kerns hasn’t even told his family that he won a million bucks yet. Most of his family lives in Ohio and Illinois. He says he’s waiting to call them until next week - “as soon as I know the money’s in the bank.”
The lottery funds public education in New York, and about $3 million went to school districts in Schuyler County for the 2013-14 fiscal year, officials say.