Retired Gov't worker revealed as US$343-m Powerball winner

Robert Bailey               CBS New York

Robert Bailey CBS New York

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.

Bailey told The Times that the set of winning digits, 8, 12, 13, 19, 27 and 4, came from a family member about 25 years ago. Bailey opted for a single lump sum and will take $125,396,690 after taxes.

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 October 27 drawing.

Bailey's windfall was a split of a $687.8 million overall jackpot - with the other victor in Iowa.

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

"I tried to remain calm and sat down to watch some shows I had on my DVR".

Robert Bailey poses for photographers during a news conference at the Resorts World Casino New York City.

"I didn't sleep the rest of the night". It was the largest jackpot in New York Lottery history.

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"I'm going to ride this out; I can't stop now". He said he took his time coming forward because he needed to contact a lawyer and financial adviser for advice.

The victor is Robert Bailey, who said he received the winning numbers over a quarter century ago.

'It's a good life changer, ' said Bailey, who declined to describe the nature of his government work before retiring.

"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", Lerynne West, from Redfield, Iowa, said earlier this month.

Ultimately, though, he'd like to give back.

Bailey also hopes to travel. "I also plan to give to the causes and organizations important to my family through our newly established Callum Foundation". 'I still want to be me. "I'm going to keep doing the right thing".

The most recent win came in September when a Staten Island man won the US$245.6 million (A$336 million) jackpot.

An Iowa woman was the other victor of the Powerball jackpot.

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