Jamaican truck driver quits job, claims $298M Powerball jackpot in NY

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26 drawing for the $298.3 million jackpot, doesn't seem to mind.

David Johnson, a 56-year-old truck driver, was presented on Friday with a check for $298.3 million by the New York Lottery, making him the victor of the second-largest jackpot in the lottery's history, according to Powerball.

Johnson's lottery win is the second largest in NY history. "I'm happy with joy inside", Johnson said.

He opted to take a single lump sum payment of $180 million which equals $114 million after taxes according to a statement from the New York Lottery.

Johnson who was on sick leave for a few days went to a gas station to refuel his truck where he bought $5 Powerball ticket.

The New York Lottery introduced David Johnson, of East New York, at an event at the Resorts World Casino in Queens on Friday.

When he stopped at the gas station on Friday, he chose to scan his ticket.

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Johnson, a truck driver, came to the U.S. from Jamaica when he was 16, according to the statement.

He said he looked at the gas station's lottery display board, checked his numbers got the shock of a lifetime. When he realized he was in fact the lucky victor, "I jumped up and down in the store, man", he said.

He said he plans to take care of his family, buy a red Porsche and "a nice house". He didn't go to work that day, and he doesn't intend to go back.

Johnson says the was so delighted to learn that he won that he jumped up and down inside the store.

It said that the New York Lottery has contributed some $1,337,283,719 to "school districts throughout the five boroughs of New York City during fiscal year 2017-2018".

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