JAMAICAN WINS POWERBALL

A truck driver from Brooklyn has come forward as the winner of the second-largest Powerball jackpot in New York Lottery history.

David Johnson, 56, won the Dec. 26 drawing for the $298.3 million jackpot and has already quit his job to start enjoying an early retirement.

He opted to take a single lump sum payment of $180,227,550 which equals $114,091,248 after taxes. Johnson received his winnings on Friday at Resorts World Casino in Queens.

Johnson worked across the street from Arnold’s Service Station on Linden Boulevard where he bought the winning ticket for $5. He said he didn’t realize he had won the jackpot until he was alerted by a co-worker.

“A friend of mine, a next driver for the company, called me and said ‘Hey Dave! Somebody won the Powerball by the gas station,'” Johnson said. “I turned to myself I said, ‘Aw that’s not me man, that’s not my luck.'”

He still didn’t check his ticket until his friend called him a second time urging him to do so. He didn’t realize he’d actually won until two days later on his way to work.

“I went to the store and gave the ticket to the clerk to check. He scanned it and said ‘Congratulations,’ I needed to see it for myself, so I scanned and saw it read BIG WINNER,” Johnson said.

He jumped up and down in the store when it finally sank in that he was the big winner. Now he has an attorney who will help him invest the money and take care of his family.

But he’s going to have some fun too. Johnson said he will finally buy the red Porsche he’s always wanted “so everyone can see me when I drive on the street.”

His win marks the third consecutive Powerball jackpot win by a New Yorker in 2018.


  • More Brooklyn news
  • Send us a news tip
  • Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts
    *Follow us on YouTube
    *
    Report a Typo
    Related Topics:
    societylotterypowerballjackpotBrooklynEast New YorkNew York City
    (Copyright ©2019 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.)
    SPONSORED CONTENT
    Who Knew That Leftover Pickle Juice Was So Useful?
    Who Knew That Leftover Pickle Juice Was So Useful?
    Absolutehistory
    U.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your Insides
    U.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your Insides
    thegutrehab.com
    15 Discounts Seniors Get Only If They Know
    15 Discounts Seniors Get Only If They Know
    Improve Budget
    Glasses-Wearers Are Going Crazy Over This Website
    Glasses-Wearers Are Going Crazy Over This Website
    GlassesUSA
    [Pics] Baby Girl Was Acting Strangely, Then Mom’s Gut Tells Her To Install A Nanny Cam
    [Pics] Baby Girl Was Acting Strangely, Then Mom’s Gut Tells Her To Install A Nanny Cam
    Ice Pop
    [Gallery] Grumpy Old Man Leaves Remarkable Gift Behind For The Only Waitress Patient Enough To Serve Him
    [Gallery] Grumpy Old Man Leaves Remarkable Gift Behind For The Only Waitress Patient Enough To Serve Him
    Money Versed
    FROM AROUND THE WEB
    Student loan debt? Here’s some great news. NerdWallet
    [Pics] Ancient Spear Tips Found in Texas Baffle Scientists Discoverytheword
    Stunning Couples On The 2018 Emmy’s Red Carpet Family Minded
    [Pics] This Is Why Amish People Are Not Allowed to Be Photographed Ice Pop
    [Photos] Woman Refuses To Drive To Work Until One Day Cop Follows Her And Sees Why. Bob’s Hideout
    [Pics] She Suspiciously Paid For Everything In Cash For Years, Then People Realized Why Ice Pop
    MORE FROM ABC7NY
    Chris Hansen from ‘To Catch a Predator’ arrested in Connecticut
    Ex-NFL player nabs alleged peeping Tom outside daughter’s bedroom window
    Family kicked off American Airlines flight after passengers complain about body odor
    Royal Caribbean bans Washington man who jumped from cruise ship
    Partial wall collapse leads to evacuations in 3 buildings in Brooklyn
    The best music events in New York City this week
    Recommended by

RECOMMENDED
Who Knew? Thrill-Filled Winter Fun Awaits in Northeast NJ’s Gateway Region
Who Knew? Thrill-Filled Winter Fun Awaits in Northeast NJ’s…
Sponsored | New Jersey Travel & Tourism
Man Who Predicted 2008 Meltdown Has Bold New Prediction
Man Who Predicted 2008 Meltdown Has Bold New Prediction
Sponsored | thelegacyreport.com
Doctor Warns: Carbs Are Likely Not The Problem (This is)
Sponsored | Active PK
This is the Amazon Discount Trick Most People Don’t Know…
Sponsored | Weekly Penny
Child accidentally shoots mom while sitting in back seat of car outside California preschool
Child accidentally shoots mom while sitting in back seat of…
Boo the popular Pomeranian dies of broken heart, owners say
Boo the popular Pomeranian dies of broken heart, owners…
Recommended by
MORE FROM NEW YORK CITY

The best music events in New York City this week

4 events to check out in New York City this week
Powered by Hoodline
TOP STORIES

President Trump signs bill reopening government for next 3 weeks
Updated 1 hr 44 mins ago

NJ store clerk attempts to take gun from robber
Updated 7 mins ago

5-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer battling cancer

Mail truck explodes into rolling ball of fire
Updated 35 mins ago
Flight attendant dies on NYC-bound Hawaiian Airlines flight
6 hurt after car jumps curb in Queens
Updated 40 mins ago
Hudson River cruise ship freed from ice jam
Updated 1 hr 24 mins ago
Wall collapse forces residents out of 3 buildings in Brooklyn
Man who allegedly lured, exposed himself to boy, 11, arrested
Domestic violence nonprofit suffers cutbacks during shutdown
PD: 2 teens driving stolen SUV killed after slamming into house
Suspect breaks in through roof, ransacks NYC jewelry store
21-year-old killed, 20 others injured after bus crash in NJ
MORE NEWS
ABC7 New York

Search Our Site
GO
Follow Us FacebookTwitterInstagramNewsletters
Home
AccuWeather
Traffic
Video
Photos
Apps
New York City
New Jersey
Long Island
Northern Suburbs
Connecticut
Localish
7 On Your Side
7 On Your Side Investigates
U.S. & World
Politics
Sports
About ABC 7
Meet the News Team
ABC 7 In Your Community
Sweepstakes and Rules
TV Listings
Jobs
Privacy Policy Children’s Privacy Policy Your California Privacy Rights Terms of Use Interest-Based Ads Public Inspection File
Copyright © 2019 ABC Inc., WABC-TV New York. All Rights Reserved.

9 thoughts on “JAMAICAN WINS POWERBALL

  1. Mi watch the live feed from the Casino yesterday & mi ah tell, the minute mi hear him voice, mi happy! First mi did happy fi know seh is a Black man but fi find out is a Jamaican give me even more joy! God know!

    Today for you
    Maybe tomorrow for me!

  2. Go choo.. Just help some peeps tuh preferably yuh own.. God bless we fi bless other also suh keep dat in mind.

  3. Jamaican people really have favour pon dem. If we could just love and respect each other more and keep away from negativity of all sorts our blessings would even pour out greater on us. Let us make a decision to be everything good that we were created to be.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to top