Jamaican Man Claims US$298M Powerball Jackpot
A Jamaican man has come forward as the winner of last month’s US$298 million Powerball lottery jackpot in the United States. The second largest jackpot in New York state history
Dave Johnson, a 56-year-old married father of three, opted for the lump sum payout of $180 million and will take home $114 million after taxes.
Johnson immediately indicated that he was retiring from his job as a truck driver and that he has no plans to trade his adopted home of Brooklyn, New York for his native Jamaica.
He said that doesn't intend to go back to work because he is a rich man now and has plans to take care of his family, buy a red Porsche and "a nice house."
“New York is my place. Brooklyn is my place,” Johnson was quoted as saying yesterday as he collected his prize at the Resort World Casino in Queens, New York.
His winning ticket was purchased on Boxing Day.
Johnson, who has been playing the lottery for 40 years, said he was taking a sick day from work when he stopped at a nearby gas station after collecting his paycheque.
Johnson chose quick-pick, and the computer spat out 05, 25, 38, 52 and 67, with Powerball 24.
“I’m so happy I can’t even eat. I want to eat, but my stomach is full. I want to sleep, but I can’t sleep,” he said.
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