Truck Driver Wins $298.3 Million Powerball Jackpot, Says His Days Driving A Truck Are Over
Brooklyn, New York – A 56-year-old truck driver has won a $298.3 million Powerball jackpot, according to the New York Gaming Commission.
Brooklyn, New York, trucker David Johnson says he bought the winning ticket at a gas station on the morning after Christmas. He says he was sick and considered not reporting to work that day. Now he’s glad he did.
The Powerball jackpot drawing was held on December 26. Johnson recalls a friend calling him and telling him that the winning ticket was sold at the convenience store where Johnson bought his ticket.
Johnson said he didn’t think much of it because, “that’s not my luck.” However, when Johnson returned to the store two days later and scanned his ticket he says he couldn’t believe it when the screen flashed “BIG WINNER.”
Now, Johnson says his days driving a truck are over. “I’m rich. I don’t gotta go to work no more,” Johnson said to NBC News. “Don’t get me wrong, the job paid good; but it is hard work,” he said to CBS New York. “Now I get a chance to quit.”
Johnson says since learning he purchased the winning ticket, he’s been full of joy. “I can’t even eat. I start and can’t finish my food. I’m happy with joy inside,” he is quoted in a release.
Johnson has opted to receive his winnings in a one-time payment totaling $114,091,248 after taxes, a release says. His first purchases will be a red Porsche and a nicer home Johnson said.
Truckers Have A History Of Winning The Lottery
Just last month truck driver Mark Clark, 47, from South Rockwood southwest of Detroit, won a $4 million prize in the Michigan lottery. Clark said he bought the winning ticket at a store he delivered fuel to along his route.
Clark took his winnings in a one-time payment of about $2.5 million and said he planned to purchase new vehicles and a bass boat among other items.
Back in 2013, another truck driver won the $338 million Powerball lottery prize. That winning ticket was sold at a Love’s Travel Stop in Bordentown, New Jersey.
In 2007, long-haul trucker Don Harvey, purchased the winning $105.8 million Powerball ticket at a Shell station in Roland, Arkansas, about five miles east of Muldrow, Oklahoma, where he and his wife Joyce lived.
The couple chose to receive a lump sum payment of $33.3 million instead of receiving payouts over a period of 29 years. At the time, the 64-year-old Harvey said he planned to by a new big rig and keep on driving. He told NBC News, “I’ve got to have something to do. I can’t go fishing all the time and I don’t play golf.”
In 2004 a trucker from Virginia won a $238 million Mega Millions lotto jackpot. J.R. Triplett of Winchester, Virginia, said he purchased 5 tickets and couldn’t believe when he realized he was the big winner. He said he planned to invest the money in real estate. At the time the $238 million prize was the second largest lottery payout in history.