Grandfather finds missing $24m lottery ticket in old shirt after last-minute reminder

14 October, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Jimmie Smith of East Orange won a $24.1 lottery jackpot in New York

Smith said he has bought lottery tickets in NY and New Jersey since the 1960s but does not always bother to check if they win. The retired security guard told lottery officials he's been buying lottery tickets in his home state and NY since the 1960s but rarely rushes to see if he's won. He even needed to "clear out some cobwebs" before heading over to a lottery service center in Manhattan to claim his prize on May 23-two days before the ticket expired.

He found the winning ticket they talked about on the news in a stack of old tickets stashed in his favorite t-shirt. I was in serious doubt.

In Smith's shirt was the winning ticket, among a pile of other tickets he had not checked. He said he'd check them when he had sufficient energy. "I really had to convince myself this was real".

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He's taking the jackpot over a 26-year payout.

The highest ever single victor of the New York Lottery was Harold Diamond, who collected $326 million in 2014.

Asked about how he would spend the money, the retired security guard said he wanted to have a discussion with his whole family before making any decisions.

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