Man Finds Winning Lottery Ticket In Pocket Two Days Before Deadline

Pauline Gross
October 15, 2017

Smith saw a news report about the missing victor, found a shirt with a pocket full of unchecked tickets, and realized Lady Luck was in fact on his side. "I really had to convince myself this was real". A little later, Jimmy Smith was $ 24 million richer!

The director of the New York Gaming Commission's Division of the Lottery, Gweneth Dean said in May, "A lucky New Yorker has a $24 million Lotto payday just waiting - but the victor has to act fast as time is running out".

His $24.1 million jackpot from May 2016 sat idle for almost a year before the East Orange, N.J., resident picked it up.

The ticket would have become ineligible just two days later marking a year since he purchased it.

Smith's identity was released by New York LOTTO this week. The single lucky ticket matched all five numbers drawn that night - 3, 18, 19, 35 and 36 - to win the Jersey Cash 5 jackpot of $766,918.

"I always told myself, 'I'll check them when I have time'".

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New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education. "I think it is probably lost".

That was on May 23, 2017.

A retired security officer in New Jersey is a lucky, last-minute lottery victor.

Smith bought the winning ticket back in May of 2016 but did not claim it until a year later.

The grandfather told lottery officials he had been buying tickets in NY and New Jersey for the last fifty years, but was never in a rush to check them. Once thing calm down, he says he'll have a family discussion about the money.

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