Man finds $24 million winning lottery ticket in old shirt

Man finds $24 million winning lottery ticket in old shirt”

Jimmie Smith was at his East Orange, New Jersey home one night watching the news on TV when he saw a report about lottery officials searching for the person who won $24 million in the NY lottery.

And so the 68-year-old retired security guard sauntered over to his closet, where one of his favorite shirts was hanging, a bunch of old lottery tickets crumpled up and crammed into the shirt pocket.

Jimmie Smith had bought the tickets almost a year ago, and claimed his prize with just two days to go before its expiry date.

In Smith's shirt was the winning ticket, among a pile of other tickets he had not checked. I was in serious doubt.

A New Jersey man has finally claimed a $24million (£18m) lottery jackpot after finding the missing ticket in an old shirt. "I always told myself, 'I'll check them when I have the time, '" he says.

He chose to receive the payout over 26 years.

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

He said he plans on having an "all-family discussion" on what to do with the money.

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