Man Doesn't Call Out Sick From Work, Wins Powerball

28 January, 2019, 10:14 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • Dave Johnson is announced as the winner of the $298,300,000 Powerball jackpot on Jan. 25 2019

David Johnson, who won the December 26, 2018 drawing with the numbers 5-25-38-52-67, and Powerball 24, made a decision to take his winnings in a lump sum payment, which after taxes and withholdings, nets out to $114 million.

Dave Johnson, a 56-year-old married father of three, opted for the lump sum payout of $180 million and will take home $114 million after taxes.

According to ABC station WABC-TV, Johnson didn't know he might have the winning ticket until he learned from a coworker that the gas station had sold it. Johnson said his friend urged him to check his numbers. He said he didn't realize he had won the jackpot until he was alerted by a co-worker.

Dave Johnson, who hails from Jamaica, said he was sick for days but the Wednesday after Christmas, in order to get paid, he went back to work. "I turned to myself I said, 'Aw, that's not me, man".

The lucky victor bought his ticket for $5 and didn't realize he won until two days later on his way to work, New York's WABC-TV reported. He also said that the quit his truck driving job "right away, no delay". "I'm happy with joy inside", he told the lottery's website.

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He jumped up and down in the store when it finally sank in that he was the big victor.

But he's going to have some fun too.

Johnson said he wanted to buy a "nice house" and plans to enjoy an early retirement, the station reported.

David Johnson displays his Giants Powerball check for $298.3 million Friday at the Resorts World Casino in Queens.

The New York Lottery is North America's largest and most profitable.

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