NEWS RE­PORT LEADS MAN TO OLD SHIRT, $24M JACK­POT

Ottawa Citizen - - WORLD -

A New Jersey man says a tele­vi­sion news re­port led him to check lot­tery tick­ets he had stuffed in an old shirt, and one was a US$24-mil­lion win­ner. Jim­mie Smith, of East Or­ange, claimed a $24.1-mil­lion New York lot­tery jack­pot on May 23, two days be­fore the prize would have ex­pired.

The re­tired se­cu­rity guard told lot­tery of­fi­cials he’s been buy­ing lot­tery tick­ets in New York and New Jersey since the 1960s but doesn’t rush to see whether he’s won. “I ended up with a stack — a pile of tick­ets, in­clud­ing the one they were talk­ing about on the news,” the fa­ther of two and grand­fa­ther of 12 said. “I stood there for a minute think­ing, ‘Do I see what I think I see?’ I had to stick my head out the win­dow and breathe in some fresh air. ”

JOSH EDELSON / AFP / GETTY IMAGES

Chim­neys are all that re­main stand­ing amid a swath of burnt-out prop­er­ties in Santa Rosa, Calif., Thurs­day. At least 29 peo­ple are dead and hun­dreds re­main miss­ing af­ter wild­fires swept through North­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

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