$298M Powerball jackpot a surprise win for Brooklyn, NY, truck driver

David Johnson

A Brooklyn truck driver who was sick and dragged himself out of bed to go to work on the day he bought a lottery ticket came forward as the sole victor of the near $300 milllion Powerball jackpot. He had the winning ticket for the December 26, 2018, drawing worth $298.3 million. "I'm happy with joy inside", he told the lottery's website.

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

Johnson has chosen to take the lump sum, which amounts to $180 million and $114 million after taxes.

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. Johnson said he did not realize he had won until a co-worker mentioned the victor came from the gas station across the street from where they worked, according to the state Lottery Department. Johnson chose quick-pick, and the computer spit out 05, 25, 38, 52 and 67, with Powerball 24. I start and can't finish my food.

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

He, however, didn't watch the draw that evening or go to the work the next day.

When he stopped at the gas station on Friday, he made a decision to scan his ticket.

He told WNBC-TV that he plans to take care of his family, buy a red Porsche and "a nice house". "He scanned it and said, 'Congratulations.' I needed to see it for myself, so I scanned and saw it read BIG WINNER", he said.

Johnson said he kept the winning ticket in the safest place he could think of - a ratty jacket that no one would steal.

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