A New Jersey man says a TV news report drove him to check lottery tickets he had stuffed in an old shirt, and one was a $24 million champ.
Jimmie Smith, of East Orange, asserted a $24.1 million New York lottery big stake on May 23, two days before the prize would have terminated.
The New York Lottery discharged his name Wednesday after a survey was finished.
The resigned security protect told lottery authorities he’s been purchasing lottery tickets in New York and New Jersey since the 1960s yet doesn’t hurry to see whether he’s won. He said he’d check them when he had sufficient energy.
Smith says he purchased the ticket from a basic need and tobacco shop in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood.
He got the payout more than 26 years.