Manhattan Man Claims His Half Of Powerball Jackpot, Becomes Biggest Winner In The History Of New York Lottery
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Blame it on the rain.
The Manhattan man in possession of a Powerball ticket worth $343.9 million came forward Wednesday to claim his prize, the largest jackpot in New York Lottery history.
Robert Bailey, 67, a retired federal employee, said chance — and the weather — sent him to the West Harlem Deli on Fifth Avenue not long before the Oct. 27 drawing.
He chose the lump sum payment and will take home a little more than $125 million after taxes, CBS2’s Clark Fouraker reported.
Powerball winner Robert Bailey. (credit: CBS2)
“A family member gave me the numbers over 25 years ago and I faithfully play them,” Bailey said. “I buy my tickets at three or four different different stores. It was raining that day so I went to the deli to get out of the rain and I bought my ticket there.”
Bailey said he checked his ticket online after the drawing and was shocked by what he saw.
“I said to myself, ‘These look like my numbers.’ I tried to remain calm and sat down to watch some shows I had on my DVR. I didn’t sleep the rest of the night,” he said.
The winning numbers were 8, 12, 13, 19, 27 and the Powerball 4. Bailey split the $687 million jackpot with 51-year-old Lerynne West, of Iowa.
Bailey was presented his winnings Wednesday by Yolanda Vega of the New York Lottery at Resorts World Casino in the city. He said he took his time coming forward because he needed to contact a lawyer and financial adviser for advice.
“I’m blessed,” Bailey said. “I’m still somewhat in shock. I’m happy. I’m taking my time.”
So what’s next for Bailey?
“I’m gonna get a house, especially for my mother. God bless her, she’s still around,” Bailey said. “I definitely want to travel a little bit and hopefully I make some good investments that will work for me and my family.”
He said he also plans to keep playing the lottery.
“It’s a good life-changer. I plan to do the right thing with the money,” Bailey said. “I will continue to playing my numbers until this train runs out.”
One New Yorker offered a suggestion on what Bailey should do with his fortune.
“Get it back to the schools. Get it back to the hospitals, back to the community centers,” West Harlem Deli shopper Walter Oterro said. “Yes, it would be a very good thing for that person to do.”The Harlem man in possession of a Powerball ticket worth $343.9 million will come forward Wednesday to claim his prize.
Harlem man is largest lottery jackpot winner in New York state history
NEW YORK — Robert Bailey has been playing the same six lottery numbers for 25 years and plans to keep on doing it — even though his digits finally hit for a $343.8 million Powerball win, the largest in New York Lottery history.
Bailey, 67, was introduced by lottery officials Wednesday as the record-breaking winner at the Resorts World Casino in Queens.
The total prize in the Oct. 27 drawing was nearly $700 million, but he will split the jackpot with a woman in Iowa who also picked the winning numbers, 8, 12, 13, 19 and 27, with a Powerball of 4.
Bailey bought his winning ticket at a deli in Harlem. He usually buys tickets at a few different stores, but on this particular day, it was raining and he was visiting a friend, so he ducked into the deli and grabbed a Powerball ticket.
After checking the winning numbers that night online, he was shocked.
“I said to myself, ‘These look like my numbers.’ I tried to remain calm and sat down to watch some shows I had on my DVR. I didn’t sleep the rest of the night,” Bailey said.
Bailey, a retired federal government employee, said he got the lucky numbers from a family member years earlier. The most he had ever won using them previously was $30,000 from a lucky Take Five lottery ticket.
“I will continue playing my numbers until this train runs out,” Bailey said. “I’m going to ride this out; I can’t stop now.”
Bailey didn’t come forward to claim his prize until after he met with a lawyer and financial adviser. He took a lump sum payment worth $198 million, less after taxes.
New York requires lottery winners to identify themselves and participate in a news conference. Bailey, who wore dark sunglasses for the announcement, said he wished he could have kept his win quiet.
“It’s a good life changer,” said Bailey, who declined to describe the nature of his government work before retiring. “I plan to do the right thing with the money.”
He wants to buy some land and a house for his mother and set up some good investments to take care of the next generation of his family. He’d also like to travel, hitting Las Vegas and parts of the Caribbean.
Ultimately, though, he’d like to give back.
“I plan to give back to Manhattan; that’s where I’m from,” Bailey said. “I still want to be me. I can’t let money change me. I’m going to keep doing the right thing.”
This is the second consecutive Powerball jackpot won in New York this year. The most recent win came in September when a Staten Island man won the $245.6 million jackpot.
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