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

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 14, 2017

Jimmie Smith, 68, was prompted to check his shirt pocket in May after seeing a TV report about how time was running out for the victor to claim the lottery prize. Much to his surprise, he'd been sitting on $24 million for almost a year. "I had to stick my head out the window and breathe some fresh air. I really had to convince myself this was real".

Smith came forward as the victor on May 23, though lottery officials did not announce he had won until Wednesday.

It was only once the one-year deadline approached and local news outlets started to report that no one had claimed the prize money, that the 68-year-old chose to take a look at the shirt pocket where he accumulated old, unchecked tickets, reports Park Slope Patch. 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. Only time will tell.

Asked about how he would spend the money, the retired security guard said he wanted to have a discussion with his whole family before making any decisions.

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