Jamaican living the US for 40 years wins NY lottery

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A Jamaican is today a multi-millionaire after becoming the winner of the second-largest Powerball Jackpot in New York Lottery history - $298 million. He is 56-year-old Brooklyn truck driver David Johnson, who left Jamaica when he was 16-years-old.

Johnson played the lottery on December 26, selecting the winning numbers - 5-25-38-52-67, and Powerball 24. He opted to take a single lump sum payment of $180 million which equals $114 million after taxes according to a statement from the New York Lottery. Johnson received his winnings on Friday at Resorts World Casino in Queens.

Johnson did not have to go too far to purchase the winning numbers as he worked across the street from Arnold's Service Station on Linden Boulevard where he bought the winning ticket for $5. He said he didn't realize he had won the jackpot until he was alerted by a co-worker.

"A friend of mine, a next driver for the company, called me and said 'Hey Dave! Somebody won the Powerball by the gas station,'" Johnson said. "I turned to myself I said, 'Aw that's not me man, that's not my luck.'"

He still didn't check his ticket until his friend called him a second time urging him to do so. He didn't realize he'd actually won until two days later on his way to work.

"I went to the store and gave the ticket to the clerk to check. He scanned it and said 'Congratulations.' "I needed to see it for myself, so I scanned and saw it read BIG WINNER," Johnson said.

He jumped up and down in the store when it finally sank in that he was the big winner. Now he has an attorney who will help him invest the money and take care of his family.

But he's going to have some fun too. Johnson said he will finally buy the red Porsche he's always wanted "so everyone can see me when I drive on the street."

His win marks the third consecutive Powerball jackpot win by a New Yorker in 2018. The New York Lottery is North America's largest and most profitable. It reportedly provides about 13 per cent of total state education aid to local school districts.

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