Retired government worker revealed as US$343M Powerball victor

Marco Green
November 15, 2018

A NY man is millions of dollars richer after coming forward with a winning Powerball lottery ticket.

Bailey was presented his winnings Wednesday by Yolanda Vega of the New York Lottery at Resorts World Casino in the city.

He said he also plans to keep playing the lottery.

Mr Bailey has been playing the same numbers for 25 years.

He will take home $125,396,690 after required withholdings are taken from the prize. The drawing was October 27.

"I tried to remain calm and sat down and watch some shows I had on my DVR", he said. I didn't sleep the rest of the night, ' Bailey said.

The victor is Robert Bailey, who said he received the winning numbers over a quarter century ago.

He plans to get a house for his mother, "with a little land around it".

An Iowa woman was the other victor of the Powerball jackpot.

The chance of winning the US Powerball jackpot is about one in 292 million.

Lerynne West of Clive opted for the cash option on November 5.

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

'I plan to give back to Manhattan; that's where I'm from, ' Bailey said.

"I'm excited to share my winnings with family and friends, plan to purchase a new auto, and look forward to a long vacation-or several".

NY requires lottery winners to identify themselves and participate in a news conference. He said he took his time coming forward because he needed to contact a lawyer and financial adviser for advice.

The total prize in the October 27 drawing was almost $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. "The victor has an option on the claim form to check "yes" or "no" for publicity", Armstrong said.

"They still have over 100 days to come forward", Holli Armstrong, a South Carolina Education Lottery spokeswoman, told the news outlet. "If the victor declines publicity, we respect their wishes and do not release their name".

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