Jamaican native David Johnson, who migrated to the United States when he was 16 years old, has declared himself ‘rich’ after winning the second-largest jackpot in the history of New York Lottery.
He claimed the US$298.3 million jackpot for the 26 December 2018 Powerball drawing.
The winning numbers were 5-25-38-52-67, with Powerball 24.
Johnson, a 56-year-old truck driver who lives in East New York, opted to take the cash value of the annuitized prize, a single lump sum payment totaling US$180,227,550.
His net check will total US$114,091,248 after required withholdings, New York Lottery said in a statement.
Johnson told the US press that he intents to quit his job as a truck driver, adding that he will use the funds to acquire ‘a nice house’ in New York, take care of his family, and buy a red Porsche – his dream vehicle.
He did not realize that he’d won the jackpot until he was alerted by a co-worker.
“I got a call that the winning ticket was sold at the store where I buy my tickets,” Johnson explained. “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.”
Since he found out he’d won, Johnson said it’s been an exciting time. “I can’t even eat. I start and can’t finish my food. I’m happy with joy inside.”
Johnson’s win was the third consecutive Powerball jackpot win by a New Yorker in 2018.