Dan Parsons said they couple will pay off some bills, put some money aside for their daughter's college and then take a vacation.
"We've always wanted to go to Hawaii and Europe," he said. "Now we can do both."
Patti Parsons, 52, has been active in local politics, running for offices in Bethlehem in the past and serving a brief stint as the town's court clerk.
"I was so excited I couldn't contain myself," Parsons said in a release statement. "The ironic part of all of this is the number we matched, 17, is also our anniversary date as well as the day I bought the ticket. I sure know what my lucky number is now."
The last Albany County lottery millionaire winner was Gary Owens of Ravena, who won on the Win For Life Spectacular ticket in April of 2008. The Parsons are the first millionaire winners of 2009.
Albany County Executive Michael Breslin was on hand and said he hoped they wouldn't lose Parsons, but he wished her and her family well. Bethlehem Supervisor Jack Cunningham was also there to help present the check and joked, "Patti, I hope you know your home assessment has just gone up."
Along with other local well-wishers and onlookers, Hannaford Manager Michael Price said it was an honor to see a local customer hit the big time at his store.
"We're all really excited for them," he said.""