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Macedon man hits $9.8M New York Lottery jackpot

Richard Giles has been playing New York Lottery games for years, but in October, he hit the jackpot.

Literally.

On October 11, 2017, the 76-year-old Macedon man brought a Lotto ticket from Hegedorn’s in Webster that matched all six numbers. The jackpot that night was $9.8 million.

“I immediately locked the ticket up in my safe and called my financial advisor,” Giles said.

On Thursday (2/1) Giles was presented the check at Hegedorn’s in Webster, with NYS Lottery’s Yolanda Vega doing the honors.

The retired Xerox employee decided to take his prize as a one-time lump sum payment, which amounts to $4,419,643 after required withholdings.

So what will Giles do with the money? He plans to invest some of it, but he will have fun too.

“I like to golf and bowl, so I’ll get myself a new set of clubs and a new bowling ball,” Giles said.

Ninety five people in New York won at least $1 million in 2017.