Man claims $24.1M prize two days be­fore dead­line

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NATION -

A New Jer­sey man said 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 New York Lot­tery re­leased his name Wed­nes­day af­ter a re­view was com­pleted.

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.

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