Man finds $24 million winning lottery ticket in old shirt

Man finds $24 million winning lottery ticket in old shirt

Jimmie Smith had just two days left to pick up his life-changing prize money before the lottery's one-year deadline passed. Jimmie Smith found that out this spring when he was watching the evening news in his East Orange, NJ, home and saw a segment in which New York Lottery officials announced they were seeking the victor of a $24.1 million jackpot, with a winning ticket set to soon expire, NJ.com reports.

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.

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. He said he'd check them when he had sufficient energy. I was in serious doubt.

When he realized he had the winning number, Smith said, "I had to stick my head out the window and breathe in some fresh air".

Smith elected to take his winnings in 26 yearly installments, but says he hasn't decided what to do with the money.

The New York Lottery released his name Wednesday after officials completed a review of the ticket.

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