Man wins N8 billion after finding old lottery ticket two days to expiry

Man wins N8 billion after finding old lottery ticket two days to expiry

- 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.

68-year-old Jimmie Smith with his lottery winning prize
Source: Gossipmill
68-year-old Jimmie Smith with his lottery winning prize Source: Gossipmill

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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