Don’t you wish you can just stumble upon gold? One minute you’re living the normal life and the next you’re a millionaire.
For 68-year old Jimmie Smith, he struck gold in his own home! After going through his clothes he discovered an old winning lottery ticket of his from earlier in the year.
The best part: he had just two days left to cash it in before the ticket expired.
“I always told myself, ‘I’ll check them when I have the time,'” the New Jersey man said.
It’s a good thing he did. Because had he waited two days longer, he’d have lost out on $24.1 million.
The New York Gaming Commission knew the winning ticket, worth $24.1 million, was sold at a bodega in New York City but it didn’t know who bought the ticket.
Winners have a year to claim the prize and that expiration day was quickly approaching.