James ‘Jimmy’ Groves, Bronx, New York, $168 million
Imagine the excitement James ‘Jimmy’ Groves must have felt when he found out that after ten years of playing, he had won the Mega Millions Lottery! This Mega Millions winner won $168 million just after he retired from his job at Madison Square Gardens, where he worked for 18 years.
Now pardon the pun, but this guy may have thought he was punching above his weight, but as it turns out, he was right on the money with this one! Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy, who lives in a poor area of the Bronx, and had not a dime in his wallet!
Jimmy was 49 years old when he became a Mega Millions winner. He had been choosing the lump sum payment option most times he had played in the past. But in a change of heart that was a very lucky decision in the end, Jimmy chose the annuity option. That choice was one of those things that he’ll be grateful for, for a long time. He’s going to be receiving more than $6,400,000 in Greenbacks annually for the next 26 years! That’s a lot of Christmases at once, that’s for sure!
The morning after the jackpot was drawn, Jimmy checked the print out at his local Lottery retailer to see how he had gone. Extremely well is all I can say!
Self-proclaimed ‘homebody’ Jimmy wanted to help out his mom and kids with his winnings, and was planning on buying a house with a backyard.