So, I can only imagine how 68-year-old Jimmie Smith felt when he found a winning lottery ticket in an old shirt that was worth $24.1 million! When he looked at one ticket on May 23, 2017, he could not believe what he saw: it was the matching numbers.
Mr Smith revealed he had a stash of unchecked lottery tickets in the pocket of an old shirt at his home.
Smith started buying lottery tickets back in the 1960s in both New Jersey and NY, but he wasn't the kind of person to check his numbers immediately. He has been buying lottery tickets since the 1960s, he explained, but he never checks them immediately.
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According to the New York Lottery website, Smith stated, "I ended up with a stack - a pile of tickets, including the one they were talking about on the news".
Smith heard that message and went to check the tickets in the pocket of the shirt he had hanging in the closet.
Smith told the gaming commission, "I stood there for a minute thinking, 'Do I see what I think I see?'" He said, "I had to stick my head out the window and breathe in some fresh air".
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That was good timing, because he has only two days before a deadline to claim his prize. I was in serious doubt.
The New York lottery released his name this week, after completing its review. "I always told myself, I'll check them when I have the time", he said.
Smith bought the winning ticket back in May of 2016 but did not claim it until a year later. "I didn't see the face or anything". He says he will have a discussion with his family to decide how the money will be spent.
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