Truck driver wins $300 million, quits job same day

A New York man says that he is trading in his truck for a red Porsche after winning a nearly $300 million lottery jackpot. On Friday, January 25, it was announced that Brooklyn-based truck driver Dave Johnson, 56, was the sole winner of a $298 million New York Powerball jackpot, according to NBC Chicago. Johnson says that he purchased the ticket the day after Christmas when he forced himself to go to work driving for Iberia Foods even though he was sick. As he started his day by stopping in at his favorite fueling station, the Arnold Service Station, to fill up his truck, he bought a five dollar Powerball ticket on a whim. Later, Johnson was so sick that he could not watch the drawing and he missed work the next day. It wasn’t until a couple of days later when a friend mentioned that the winning ticket had been sold at the Arnold Service Station that Johnson frequented that he went back to that gas station to check the ticket.

The numbers on his ticket — 5, 25, 38, 52 and 67, with Powerball 24 — were an exact match. Johnson says the was so delighted to learn that he won that he jumped up and down inside the store. He also said that the quit his truck driving job “right away, no delay.” Johnson opted for the $180 million lump sum. He says that after investing, he plans on buying himself a red Porsche. Johnson’s lottery win is the second largest in New York history.

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