A modern-day version of “All ABout The Benjamins” without the gunplay.
A New Jersey man found out a year later that he won $24 million. The 68-year-old man didn’t find his winning ticket until a year after the lotto was drawn.
Jimmie Smith so happened to clean out his closet and found a shirt in the back that was full of lotto tickets. In the pocket of one was the winning numbers “05 – 12 – 13 – 22 – 25 – 35.” A news report prompted Smith to check his closet and to his disbelief, he won.
“I had to stick my head out the window and breathe in some fresh air,” he told KTLA. “I was in serious doubt. I really had to convince myself this was real.”
Director of the Commission’s Division of the Lottery, Gweneth Dean, urges lotto participates to always make sure they hang on to their tickets.
“We urge New York Lottery players: Check your pockets. Check your glove box. Look under the couch cushions. If you have this winning ticket, we look forward to meeting you,” Dean said.
Smith was a lucky man for he was two days shy of the deadline to claim his millions.