A truck driver from Brooklyn screamed ‘I’m rich!’ and quit his job on the spot after finding out he’d won the lottery.
56-year-old Dave Johnson won $298 million on the New York Powerball after buying a $5 ticket in December.
Dave had apparently been ill for a few days but ‘dragged himself’ back to work that day so he wouldn’t miss being paid.
As he was filling up his truck before his shift, he decided to buy the lottery ticket from the gas station.
Still feeling sick after his shift, Dave went to bed and didn’t even watch the lottery draw that night.
Completely oblivious he was the winner, a co-worker told him that the winning ticket was bought from the gas station where Dave fills his truck most days.
A few days later, Dave went back to the station and decided to check his ticket. ‘I jumped up and down in the store’, he said, adding that he quit his job ‘right away, no delay’, NBC New York reports.
I got back in my car, I turned my music up and zoomed on home.
When he got there, he told his family:
I’m rich! I’m rich! I’m not going to work anymore!
The 56-year-old decided to take the cash lump sum, rather than take it in instalments, which totalled $180 million, and comes in $114 million after taxes.
Dave said he doesn’t plan on leaving New York, and wants to invest his money – as well as treating himself to a red Porsche.
It’s been a lucky few months for some New York residents when it comes to hitting the jackpot. On January 1 this year, someone won $425 million on the Mega Millions, though the winner is yet to come forward.
In November last year, a 67-year-old man from Manhattan won a share of a $687.8 million lottery jackpot – the fourth largest prize in New York state history.
While in August last year, a Powerball ticket sold on Staten Island won $245.6 million. Before that, in May, a $315 million winning Powerball ticket was sold in New Jersey, and in March a New Jersey resident bagged $533 million on the Mega lottery too.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.