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N.J. man Claims $24.1M Lottery Prize Just Before Expiry!

N.J. man Claims $24.1M Lottery Prize Just Before Expiry!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Jimmie Smith, 68, from East Orange is feeling like the luckiest man in New Jersey right now after finally winning a $24,100,000 lottery prize after having been playing the lottery since the 1960's. Smith, a retired security guard purchased his ticket from a grocery and tobacco shop which is located on 158 Church Street in Tribecca, Lower Manhattan, however he's never been in a rush when it comes to checking whether his ticket is a winner, "I always told myself, I'll check them when I have the time,". On this occasion, Smith discovered his winning ticket just 2 days before it was due to expire after seeing a news story about that ticket in particular, he went to his closet where his favourite shirt has a whole wad of unchecked lottery tickets in the pocket. One of these tickets was worth $24.1 million, "I stood there for a minute thinking, do I see what I think I see?", Smith had to get some fresh air in order to calm himself down and make sure this was all real and that he wasn't dreaming. However, he soon found out that his numbers of: 5, 12, 13, 22, 25 and 35 sure all matched up, and his ticket was signed off at the lottery headquarters. He has chosen to receive his winnings as gradual instalments totalling to the whole amount of $24.1 million over a period of 26 years, rather than a significantly smaller lump sum. The retailer will also be receiving a financial bonus from The New York Lottery for selling the winning ticket to Jimmie.

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