Jamaica farmer claims lottery jackpot

A 52-year-old farmer from Manchester Parish, Jamaica has claimed a 240 million Jamaican Dollar (£1.77million, $2.7million) lotto jackpot, which had gone unclaimed since February.

A release from Supreme Ventures Limited, named the farmer as a Mr. S Gayle. He claimed the prize yesterday and said that he knew he had won from the day the draw was done.

The farmer reportedly said that when he heard the numbers he told his friends he was going home to go to bed.

Mr. Gayle said he then went home and signed the ticket and locked it away. He claimed that he took so long to claim the money, which he won from the draw made on February 10, 2010, because he decided to take some time to relax and figure out what he would do with his fortune.

The winning numbers for Mr Gayle were: 6, 7, 27, 33, 34, 35 and Bonus Ball 12. Gayle said that he plays these numbers consistently. He added that he has been purchasing Lotto tickets since its inception in 1994.

The farmer plans to use the money for investment in to property and farming.

Published: April 1, 2010

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