NJ man wins $24.1M in lot­tery

Albuquerque Journal - - NATION -

NEW YORK — 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 $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. He said he’d check them when he had the time.

Smith says he bought the ticket from a gro­cery and tobacco shop in Man­hat­tan’s Tribeca neigh­bor­hood.

He chose to re­ceive the pay­out over 26 years.

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