Man Finds Winning Lottery Ticket In Pocket Two Days Before Deadline

Jimmie Smith won a $24m lottery jackpot
New York Lottery

But he nearly didn't get it at all after sticking it in an old shirt pocket with "a stack" of unchecked, losing tickets, New York's gaming commission said in a press release. "I always told myself, I'll check them when I have the time", he said.

It is, undoubtedly, life-changing and overwhelming to realize you just won millions thanks to a ticket you forgot you purchased.

"I ended up with a stack; a pile of tickets, including the one they were talking about on the news", he said.

A man from the city of East Orange, New Jersey is celebrating after he found an old lottery ticket. Because had he waited two days longer, he'd have lost out on $24.1 million.

That's when he dug out the May 2016 ticket featuring the winning numbers: 5 - 12 - 13 - 22 - 25 - 35.

"We urge New York Lottery players: Check your pockets".

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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 stood there for a minute thinking, 'Do I see what I think I see?"

That was on May 23, 2017.

He found the ticket stuffed in an old shirt and found that he had a victor.

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.

According to the game commission, the lottery victor Smith made a decision to go with $24 million in installments over 26 years. Smith, a father of two and grandfather of 12, said he plans to have an "all-family discussion" about what to do with the windfall.

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