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Man Finds $24 Million Lottery Ticket in Shirt Pocket - Two Days Before Expiry Date

Neil Roarty 14 Oct 2017

A New York man found an old lottery ticket in a shirt pocket and when he checked it found that it was worth over $24 million and he only had two days left to claim the prize before the ticket expired.


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Check your old lottery tickets. That's the moral of an incredible story from America this week, where 68-year-old Jimmie Smith found an old lottery ticket in a shirt pocket that turned out to be worth $24 million.

Mr Smith, a retired security officer, kept his old tickets in shirt pockets in an old wardrobe and never got round to checking them all. When he did he was astounded to not only find the winning ticket from the May 25 draw but also that he only had two days to claim the prize.

"I always told myself, 'I'll check them when I have the time," he said.

"I had to stick my head out the window and breathe in some fresh air" he said. "I was in serious doubt. I really had to convince myself this was real."

The New York Gaming Commission had known that the winning ticket was out there but they had no way of finding out the winner and under their laws any prize is forfeited if it is unclaimed for a year. Due to this, earlier this year they began a campaign to alert lottery players to the fact that they could have millions in prizes sitting in a drawer, or a shirt pocket.

"We urge New York Lottery players: Check your pockets. Check your glove box. Look under the couch cushions. If you have this winning ticket, we look forward to meeting you," Gweneth Dean, director of the Commission's Division of the Lottery, said at the time.

When claiming his prize Mr Smith opted to have the $24 million paid over a period of 26 years and has now chosen to come forward with his incredible story.






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Man Finds $24 Million Lottery Ticket in Shirt Pocket - Two Days Before Expiry Date

A New York man found an old lottery ticket in a shirt pocket and when he checked it found that it was worth over $24 million and he only had two days left to claim the prize before the ticket expired.

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