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N.J. man claims $24.1M lottery jackpot just 2 days before expiration

Topic closed. 22 replies. Last post 3 years ago by Gleno.

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February 4, 2013
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    United States
    Member #174652
    May 5, 2016
    1093 Posts

    Yep, haymaker, in most states if winning lottery ticket holder doesn't claim within 2 months of the drawing they can't receive the preferred "lump sum" payment method.

    So, folks, check your lottery tickets at least weekly. Bang Head

    Correct BUT NY gives you until 2 months after you CLAIM it so he could have taken the lump sum when he claimed it or within 2 months after.

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      Chasing $ Millions.
      White Shores- California
      United States
      Member #136473
      December 12, 2012
      6393 Posts

      "Though Smith stepped forward on May 23, New York lottery officials waited until Wednesday to announce him as the winner. Officials said in the spring that the prize had been claimed and that the winner would revealed "in the near future pending completion of the Lottery's security background review."


      Almost 5 months of a security background review???  WTF.......

      I doubt that the length of that background check would fly out here. I think it is a bit excessive.

      Love this line of Jimmie's "Had to stick my head out the window to breathe in some fresh air" .. 

       * Voice of Reason *   


      People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

        savannah, ga
        United States
        Member #37344
        April 13, 2006
        351 Posts

        Mr. Smith is a fortunate man indeed. The fact that he still had the ticket after all that time and the fact that he saw the newscast about the unknown winner with only 2 days left to claim. The fact that he has been playing since the 60s, and he seems like someone with so much patience and he is level headed about it.  I hope and pray he and his family enjoy the rest of their lives and spend their winnings wisely.  When they say some things are meant to be, Mr Smith is a perfect example. Congratulations and  I will keep hope alive.

          Artist77's avatar - batman14

          United States
          Member #121741
          January 16, 2012
          7719 Posts

          Jimmy, first and foremost, Congrats. Your story is truly a minor miracle.

          You have taught me what NOT to do in storing and checking lottery tickets. You have also convinced me that the old statement of "With age comes wisdom" does not apply to all cases. While choices do have consequences, collecting the majority of the annuity payout will transpire when you are well into your late 80 and early 90s(if still alive)gives me thoughts that I don't want to speak with your legal team(if there was one)  With that being said, Thank-you very much for the education.

           Maybe Jimmy is a spendthrift and an annuity was the safest way to control his spending.

          Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grace.  We will rebuild!

            Cassie8620's avatar - oGH0ok
            United States
            Member #180566
            March 13, 2017
            4406 Posts

             Maybe Jimmy is a spendthrift and an annuity was the safest way to control his spending.

            I will never get ANNUITY. I don't want a gov employee helpin me "manage" my own winning funs,nnnnnope! LOL

            That's ok. I will get it one lump sum,even if i NEVER play much, as my dad a former vet, play some times,but he say,

            "CASSIE it's rigged,why only 1 person would win over 50 million to 1 billion,it's rigged." LOL Dad exact wording all the time lol




            This man clearly need it.and i am a very happy woman knowing he won big time,and God is good,he allowed this nice senior citizen

            to find it just in the nick of time,there in NJ. May God keep on blessing you, this is wonderful. GREAT to see 1 man or woman who can

            really use it. I love this story.


            Congratulations sir. Utilize it, prudently with your family, the family who clearly love and care for you,your entire life,i am very 

            happy for ya.PartySeen this on my local NC news a day or two ago.So happy for him."

            Winning so far this year:



            So,Let's Go NC !!!Banana Time 2 break the bank, baby!!!

            0310 0131 0908 1623 2460 2464 2852 3009 3522 3856

            4468 6384 4767 6393  7447 7546 7647 7687 7678 8665 8667

            6442 0305 0306 1061 1106,1120,1114,1117,1211

            1212 1031 1034, 1215,7678 7897, 7898 8768 8486

            4764 4774 6747 7077   4774 7447 3533,5592,5593,5910,5925...

            7640 7689 7898 8667 8798 9009 9899 9178 9817 9887

              wander73's avatar - Lottery-008.jpg

              United States
              Member #153769
              March 24, 2014
              4721 Posts

              He is getting annuity.  Well first of all nobody knows about him behind the scenes.   We don't know and maybe that is a good thing. 


              Some of you members are shocked not because he did get this in the last minute but to judge him on what he decided to do with the winnings.

                Gleno's avatar - Lottery-001.jpg
                New Jersey
                United States
                Member #80352
                September 25, 2009
                723 Posts


                Wow was that close. Two days before expiring. Just another reason to check those tickets regularly.