New Jersey man nearly loses $24.1M lottery prize

Posted October 15, 2017

A New Jersey man raked in $24.1 million after finding a lottery ticket in one of his old shirts, reports KTLA.

A retired security card won more than $24 million from a stashed away lottery ticket two days before the price was set to expire.

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.

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Smith said he's been buying tickets in New York City and in his home state since the 1960s, but has never been in a rush to check any of them.

A grocery store owner, Bobby Patel told the New York Post in May, before a week the ticket's expiry date, "I just hope they didn't lose the ticket".

After several months, the New York Lottery launched a campaign to urge players to check everywhere for the winning ticket, as the one year period players have to claim their prize was about to end.

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The victor hadn't realized he had the lucky ticket in his possession until two days before the deadline. In case you're curious, his winning numbers were: 05-12-13-22-25-35.

The grandfather-of-12 has chosen to receive his payments over the next 26 years. I was in serious doubt.

"I stood there for a minute thinking, 'Do I see what I think I see?" "I really had to convince myself this was real". He said he'll have an "all-family discussion" about the winnings once things settle down.

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The New York Lottery contributed $1,303,190,660 in Lottery Aid To Education to school districts in the five boroughs during fiscal year 2016-2017.