Hudson Valley Lotto Winners Rejoice in Yonkers

Winning three jackpots worth $1 million or more, David Doyle, Barbara Sherrod and Allen Martin received their over-sized checks from New York Lottery's Yolanda Vega at Empire City Casino in Yonkers.

Smiling ear to ear and even feeling a bit uneasy from their new found fortunes, three New York Lottery jackpot winners converged on Empire City Casino in Yonkers for a ceremony in their honor.

David Doyle of Rhinebeck in Dutchess County, Barbara Sherrod of Mount Vernon and Allen Martin of Scarsdale were the newest lottery millionaires, with Doyle and Sherrod both winning their jackpots on the same lotto scratch off game called the $5 million Multiplier Ticket.

"All I've done so far with the money is I went out and bought a new toilet seat, you know the one that closes on its own," joked Doyle who was joined with his wife and son for the ceremony.

The retiree says that he hopes to do some home improvements with his $1 million prize, which pays out a lump sum of $661,800.

Visiting what she calls her "regular lotto store", Sherrod also got lucky on a scratch-off game and says that a long vacation is in order.

"I'm gonna be vacationing, paying bills and making some investments," said Sherrod, who actually was the biggest winner out of the three, winning a $5 million prize, netting her a lump sum payout of $3,309,000.

The third lottery winner of the day was running errands back in September when he stopped in the Tanglewood Stationary Store on Central Park Ave. in Yonkers to buy a ticket for the next evening's Powerball jackpot of $131 million.

Martin had the first five numbers correct, but missed the powerball jackpot, still earning him a cool $1 million prize, which he also opted to take the lump sum payout of $661,800.

"I kept checking the numbers over and over because things like this don't happen every day," stated Martin who continued that, "I plan to simply put the money away until I find a way to spend it."

Lisa Gentes-Hunt November 15, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Congrats to these lucky lotto winners! And one from Scarsdale!
William Demarest November 15, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Congrats to the winners!
William Demarest November 15, 2012 at 08:29 PM
What's the first thing you would do if you won a big lottery prize? Would you go wild on a spending spree? Pay off your bills? Stash the cash in a mattress?
Craig Noor November 16, 2012 at 02:00 AM
The lottery is a stupid tax (as in only the stupid pay it) that falls disproportionately on the poor and ethnic minorities. It contributes to the misery of millions of compulsive gamblers. It is not to be celebrated, and it is not objective reporting on your part, Mr. Demarest, to congratulate the winners and ask people to fantasize about winning. Why don't you portray the far more likely scenario: poor people throwing away a good chunk of their income instead of buying healthy food, education, seeing doctors, improving their lives, etc. Just go to any stationery store say, 11 am or 2 pm, e.g., on Westchester Avenue in Port Chester. The people lining up to throw away their money are NOT happy, and they are NOT on their lunch break, and they are NOT having fun doing some "gaming". They are feeding the beast of their own misery of compulsive gambling. It is too bad the state governments are so bloated and in need of feeding the bloats that they are compromised and only foster these practices rather than fighting them. PS if anyone would prefer, you can send your money directly to me and I will tell you right away you have lost it, you won't even have to wait to be disappointed.
Cadeyrn November 16, 2012 at 02:43 AM
You're right ... It's a dream tax. And it impacts those who can least afford it. I'm sure there's plenty of compulsion ... a human condition. But one we shouldn't aid and abet. It's got a criminal sort of ring. Wait until the casinos jingle up ... folks will be pawning their children ... to highly-taxed, state-certified and licensed Pawn Parents ... approved thru a state course at a state university at a state tuition rate. I guess that's the route to political nirvana ... a citizenry snagged in a state whirlpool. You know you're close to the end when sin taxes are the principal revenue enhancers. Does anyone speak Latin here?


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