Robert Bailey poses for photographers during a news conference at the Resorts World Casino New York City, Wednesday, Nov. Robert Bailey has been playing the same lottery numbers for more than 25 years, and on Oct. 27, they paid off for the New York man in a big way when he became one of two winners in the US’ fourth-largest jackpot. Bailey said it was rain that forced him into the West Harlem Deli to buy what turned out to be the winning Powerball ticket not long before the drawing. He didn’t come forward to claim his winnings until Wednesday because he needed time to talk to a lawyer and financial adviser. He’s been playing the same numbers for 25 years, didn’t matter where he would buy the ticket it’ll still be the same numbers. ITHUBA has confirmed that the winner of the jackpot came forward and claimed the winnings on Monday. The winner heard that the ticket was bought at the OK Mini Mark in Tygerdal, Goodwood, Western Cape, and took his chance. Khensani Mabuza, Corporate Relations Executive at ITHUBA.
In an interview, the man, who is in his 50s, said the psychological counselling and financial advice he received from ITHUBA has helped him to make his next financial move. As part of a national campaign, ITHUBA surprised the public with “random acts of kindness” which included randomly paying for customers’ fuel, groceries and taxi-fare. The winner becomes the richest National Lottery jackpot winner in South Africa. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. 3 million Powerball, the second-largest jackpot in New York state history. David Johnson, 56, of East New York, accepted his winnings from Yolanda Vega of the New York Lottery Friday at Resorts World Casino in Queens. Johnson said he was sick on the day after Christmas but dragged himself to his job as a truck driver so he could get holiday pay. 5 bill to play what he always plays: Lotto, Mega Millions and Powerball. Johnson chose quick-pick, and the computer spit out 05, 25, 38, 52 and 67, with Powerball 24. Johnson called out sick the next day, and even though he got a call from a friend saying the winning ticket had been sold at the gas station where he bought his, he said, “That’s not me man, that’s not my luck” and didn’t check to see if he had the winning numbers.
When he stopped at the gas station on Friday, he decided to scan his ticket. When he realized he was in fact the lucky winner, “I jumped up and down in the store, man,” he said. I got right back in my car, turned my music up, and zoomed on home,” Johnson said. He didn’t go to work that day, and he doesn’t intend to go back. I don’t gotta go to work no more,” Johnson said. He alerted his family of their new fortune — his wife thought he was kidding and his daughter cried — but didn’t claim the money until Jan. Johnson said he kept the winning ticket in the safest place he could think of — a ratty jacket that no one would steal.
If somebody breaks into your house, they’re going to look for the nice stuff,” Johnson reasoned. He said he plans to take care of his family, buy a red Porsche and “a nice house. But Johnson, who is originally from Jamaica, doesn’t plan to move too far. New York is my place,” he said. Elisha Fieldstadt is a breaking news reporter for NBC News. Meredith collects data to deliver the best content, services, and personalized digital ads. We partner with third party advertisers, who may use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on sites and applications across devices, both on our sites and across the Internet.