Grandfather finds missing $24m lottery ticket in old shirt after last-minute reminder

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

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

The ticket was about to expire and officials were hopeful the victor would come forward. Much to his surprise, he'd been sitting on $24 million for almost a year. I was in serious doubt.

"I ended up with a stack; a pile of tickets, including the one they were talking about on the news", said Smith, a father of two and grandfather of 12. "I always told myself, 'I'll check them when I have the time, '" he says.

The 68-year-old retired security officer won the jackpot for a drawing on May 25, 2016.

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. He explains he has been buying lotto tickets in New Jersey and NYC for 50 years, but that he's never in any kind of hurry to see if he's hit gold.

Always check your shirt and trousers pockets before you throw your clothes in the wash, or even before you hang them back up in your closet, especially if you've recently purchased a lottery ticket.

He chose to receive the payout over 26 years. Once thing calm down, he says he'll have a family discussion about the money.

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