POWERBALL WINNER JIMMY FREEMAN CHOOSES CASH PAYOUT
Just like April 2010 winner of $258 million Chris Shaw, Jimmy Freeman has opted for the cash payout of $13.4 million which will be $9.4 million after taxes for his Powerball lottery jackpot. He bought his lucky ticket at Joe’s Market, 1132 Robeson Street, Falls River and they will receive $50,000 for selling the ticket with the winning Powerball numbers.
Freeman says his winning strategy was to play the lottery every day and buy Quick Picks. He said he has always prayed and dreamed of winning the jackpot and today his dream came true. Mr. Patel, who owns Joe’s market with his family, said on Thursday morning that he had no idea who had won the Powerball lottery jackpot. Jimmy Freeman didn’t think to tell the shop, his only concern was getting his winning ticket verified by the lottery board. “I have wonderful customers,” Patel said, “I am so happy for whoever this is.” His family bought the store six months ago and have done a lot of renovations since purchasing it, so the $50,000 will certainly come in handy. Later on that day, Patel’s wife, mother-in-law and 11 month old son arrived at the store all wearing “Play the Numbers” stickers. His mother-in-law had her sticker attached to a beautiful gold silk sari. Jimmy Freeman has had two $100,000 wins before with Mega Millions.
Freeman’s winning Powerball ticket was the first Powerball lottery jackpot to be won in Massachusetts since it was introduced into the state in January 2010. Seeing as Massachusetts sells more lottery tickets than 45 other states, it was about time there was a winner from the state.