John Spotswood of Oswego recently celebrated his 50th birthday with the usual flurry of phone calls and cards from family and friends.
He also got three scratch-off New York Lottery tickets from his sister.
The first one won him $25, he said. The second — zilch.
The third was the charm. It was worth $1 million.
Spotswood, who works as a nuclear power plant technician, is taking the cash option and will net $555, 912. Spotswood said the money will allow him to retire at a decent age, take a trip next year and buy some new shoes.