Victor of the Biggest Powerball Jackpot in New York History Is Revealed

Mae Love
November 15, 2018

A retired government employee from Harlem came forward Wednesday to claim last month's $343.8 million Powerball jackpot - the largest in NY state history - and he never plans to stop playing.

Meet New York City's newest multi-millionaire, Harlem resident Robert Bailey. After withholdings, he will receive $125,396,690, according to New York's Gaming Commission.

'I will continue playing my numbers until this train runs out, ' Bailey said.

The total prize in the October 27 drawing was almost $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.

Mr Bailey has been playing the same numbers for 25 years.

'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.

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"I still want to be me; I can't let money change me", Bailey said.

Bailey, who has kids and isn't married, didn't call anyone after realizing he'd won, he said. When I saw the 8 and the 12, I was shocked.

"I want to do the right thing and take care of the next generation in my family", he said.

He won't say what he will do with the money except to buy a house for his mother, travel and "make good investments".

Bailey split the $687.8 million Powerball jackpot with Lerynne West, 51, from Redfield, Iowa. He plans to take the cash annuity option. "Around 11:30 at night I checked my numbers online".

"I'm excited to share my winnings with family and friends, plan to purchase a new vehicle, and look forward to a long vacation-or several". And he's not planning to stop playing any time soon. He said he took his time coming forward because he needed to contact a lawyer and financial adviser for advice. The winning numbers were revealed in October, and the winning ticket was sold at a KC Mart store in Simpsonville, South Carolina, but officials don't know who the person is, CNN reported.

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