- A 68-year-old man has become a billionaire overnight
- Jimmie Smith had purchased lottery tickets for a year and dumped them in an old shirt until two days to expiry
- Unknown to him,he had the winning number and only found out after he was reminded to check his old shirt
With a serious stroke of luck, a 68-year-old man named Jimmie Smith has become a billionaire over night through lottery. Jimmie had bought series of tickets for the lottery game show from Bodega in New York. After a year, the winning ticket wasn't found until Smith decided check to check his old jacket pocket.
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The New York Gaming Commission had rolled out reminders all year long searching for the winner of a whooping N8 billion. Two days to expiry, Jimmie decided to check his old tickets in a shirt where he had kept them for close to a year.
Upon checking, the father of two and grand father of twelve discovered he had gotten the winning numbers which read: 05 – 12 – 13 – 22 – 25 – 35. Sick from excitement, the grandpa doubted his new luck and stood for seconds dazed, asking if it was really happening.
He ten matched down to the lottery office where he was presented with his winning prize of N8 billion. Jimmie agreed to receive his payment over a span of twenty six years.
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The lottery organisers reported they were glad that the winner stepped forward and was able to claim his prize before deadline.
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