David Johnson wins $298 million US Powerball jackpot

By Kate Loyola
Last Updated: February 6, 2019

New York’s Second-Largest Powerball Win

David Johnson from New York with his Powerball jackpot check

Brooklyn’s David Johnson scored the third consecutive Powerball win for the New York Lottery last December 26, 2018.

Johnson, a 56-year-old truck driver, won the $298.3 million jackpot with the winning numbers 5-25-38-52-67 and a Powerball number of 24. His prize is the second-largest Powerball win in the history of the New York Lottery.

David Johnson’s Powerball Payout

The win might be considered a fitting payoff: Johnson played games like Mega Millions, Powerball, and New York Lotto regularly in the hopes of catching one of the massive prizes.

Now, with his Powerball win, Johnson has opted for the lump sum payment, which totals $180,227,550. Factoring in required taxes, Johnson will be taking home a net sum of $114,091,248.

Johnson Plans Retirement with Powerball Winnings

The big surprise comes partly through one of Johnson’s co-workers, who told him that the winning ticket had been sold at Arnold’s Service Station on Linden Boulevard. The shop stands across the street from Iberia Foods, Johnson’s workplace — and it just so happened to be the shop where Johnson buys his lottery tickets.

“I went to the store and gave the ticket to the clerk to check,” Johnson recalls in a press release from the New York Lottery. “He scanned it and said, ‘Congratulations.’ I needed to see it for myself, so I scanned and saw it read BIG WINNER.”

Johnson, a Jamaican native who moved to the US as a teen, is all set to bid his truck-driving days goodbye.┬áIn an interview with news outlet WABC, Johnson exclaimed, “I’m not going to work, I’m quitting right away!”