Brooklyn Truck Driver Wins $298.3 Million Powerball Jackpot

East New York accepted his winnings from Yolanda Vega of the New York Lottery Friday at Resorts World Casino in Queens Jan. 25 2019

NYC Truck Driver Comes Forward as Lone $298M Powerball Winner

David Johnson, who won the December 26, 2018 drawing with the numbers 5-25-38-52-67, and Powerball 24, made a decision to take his winnings in a lump sum payment, which after taxes and withholdings, nets out to $114 million.

Needless to say, it was Johnson's luck, and he soon realized he was the victor of the $298 million Powerball jackpot.

He is 56-year-old Brooklyn truck driver David Johnson who left Jamaica when he was 16-years-old.

New Yorkers won the last three consecutive Powerball jackpots in 2018. "I got a call that the winning ticket was sold at the store where I buy my tickets", the Jamiacan immigrant explained.

"I got right back in my auto, turned my music up, and zoomed on home", Johnson said.

"I can't even eat. I start and can't finish my food", Johnson said.

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"A friend of mine, a next driver for the company, called me and said 'Hey Dave!"

He chose to take the lump sum of his winnings, which amounted to about $114 million after taxes. He didn't realize he'd actually won until two days later on his way to work.

During his usual trip to his usual gas station for a fill up, he spent $5 on lotto - including a quick-pick Powerball ticket. "I turned to myself I said, 'Aw that's not me man, that's not my luck'".

"I'm rich. I don't gotta go to work no more", Johnson said. The New York Lottery's Yolanda Vega awarded him with the check.

The first purchase he said he'll make is a red Porsche, Pix11 reported. It says it provides about 13% of total state education aid to local school districts.

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