NEW YORK — A New Jersey man says a television news report spurred him to check an old shirt filled with lottery tickets, where he found a $24 million winner.
Jimmie Smith, of East Orange, claimed a $24.1 million New York lottery jackpot May 23, two days before the prize would have expired.
The New York Lottery released his name this week after a review.
The retired security guard told lottery officials he has been buying lottery tickets in New York and New Jersey since the 1960s but doesn’t rush to see whether he’s won. He said, “I’ll check them when I have the time.”
Smith said he bought the ticket from a grocery and tobacco shop in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan.
He chose to receive the payout over 26 years.