Welcome, Guest! - or
Easy to remember!  »  VinNews.com

Manhattan, NY - Harlem Man Comes Forward To Claim Largest Jackpot In New York Lottery History

Published on: November 14, 2018 01:44 PM
Change text size Text Size  
Robert Bailey poses for photographers during a news conference at the Resorts World Casino New York City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in New York. The retired government worker won over $343 million in Powerball, the biggest jackpot in New York state lottery history. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Robert Bailey poses for photographers during a news conference at the Resorts World Casino New York City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in New York. The retired government worker won over $343 million in Powerball, the biggest jackpot in New York state lottery history. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Manhattan, NY -Robert Bailey has been playing the same six lottery numbers for 25 years and plans to keep on doing it — even though his digits finally hit for a $343.8 million Powerball win, the largest in New York Lottery history.

Bailey, 67, was introduced by lottery officials Wednesday as the record-breaking winner at the Resorts World Casino in Queens.

Advertisement:

The total prize in the Oct. 27 drawing was nearly $700 million, but he will split the jackpot with a woman in Iowa who also picked the winning numbers, 8, 12, 13, 19 and 27, with a Powerball of 4.

Bailey bought his winning ticket at a deli in Harlem. He usually buys tickets at a few different stores, but on this particular day, it was raining and he was visiting a friend, so he ducked into the deli and grabbed a Powerball ticket.

After checking the winning numbers that night online, he was shocked.

“I said to myself, ‘These look like my numbers.’ I tried to remain calm and sat down to watch some shows I had on my DVR. I didn’t sleep the rest of the night,” Bailey said.

Bailey, a retired federal government employee, said he got the lucky numbers from a family member years earlier. The most he had ever won using them previously was $30,000 from a lucky Take Five lottery ticket.

“I will continue playing my numbers until this train runs out,” Bailey said. “I’m going to ride this out; I can’t stop now.”

Bailey didn’t come forward to claim his prize until after he met with a lawyer and financial adviser. He took a lump sum payment worth $198 million, less after taxes.

New York requires lottery winners to identify themselves and participate in a news conference. Bailey, who wore dark sunglasses for the announcement, said he wished he could have kept his win quiet.

Robert Bailey, left, is joined by New York Lottery's Yolanda Vega as he speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Resorts World Casino New York City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in New York. The retired government worker won over $343 million in Powerball, the biggest jackpot in New York state lottery history. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Robert Bailey, left, is joined by New York Lottery's Yolanda Vega as he speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Resorts World Casino New York City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in New York. The retired government worker won over $343 million in Powerball, the biggest jackpot in New York state lottery history. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

“It’s a good life changer,” said Bailey, who declined to describe the nature of his government work before retiring. “I plan to do the right thing with the money.”

He wants to buy some land and a house for his mother and set up some good investments to take care of the next generation of his family. He’d also like to travel, hitting Las Vegas and parts of the Caribbean.

Ultimately, though, he’d like to give back.

“I plan to give back to Manhattan; that’s where I’m from,” Bailey said. “I still want to be me. I can’t let money change me. I’m going to keep doing the right thing.”

This is the second consecutive Powerball jackpot won in New York this year. The most recent win came in September when a Staten Island man won the $245.6 million jackpot.

The chance of winning the Powerball jackpot is 1 in 292.2 million.



More of today's headlines

Secaucus, NJ - Three decades after it first wowed kosher consumers with its debut show at the Javits Center, Kosherfest continues to draw crowds, with products as... Escuinapa, Mexico - Some migrants in a caravan of Central Americans have made long leaps forward in their journey to the U.S. border, with a first sizable group arriving...

 

Total4

Read Comments (4)  —  Post Yours »

2

 Nov 14, 2018 at 07:21 PM fat36 Says:

I actually feel bad for this guy

3

 Nov 14, 2018 at 07:57 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Certainly wonderful news. I wish him all the best.

4

 Nov 14, 2018 at 08:39 PM Aron1 Says:

Ummm... what makes you say that? Because it's not you or because of some other "valid" reason?

5

 Nov 15, 2018 at 08:57 AM shimonyehuda Says:

none of the money for yeshivas or rebbis a shanda!

6

Sign-in to post a comment

Click here to sign-in.

Scroll Up
Advertisements:
Sell your scrap gold and broken jewelry and earn hard cash sell gold today!