Meet New York's Biggest Powerball Winner Robert Bailey

Robert Bailey claiming the 343.8 million winning ticket of the

The 67-year-old retired government employee came forward Wednesday to claim last month's winning Powerball ticket - the largest jackpot in in NY lottery history.

"A family member gave me the numbers over 25 years ago and I faithfully play them", he said at a Wednesday news conference.

He will take home $125,396,690 after required withholdings are taken from the prize.

The Harlem native said he's been playing the same numbers for years and he bought two tickets from the West Harlem Deli on Fifth Ave.at 126th St. on a whim.

Robert Bailey has played the same lottery numbers for almost three decades.

'I said to myself, 'These look like my numbers.' I tried to remain calm and sat down to watch some shows I had on my DVR.

"I had to play this morning before I came here", he told the New York Post from the Resorts World Casino in Queens Wednesday.

"I'm excited to share my winnings with family and friends, plan to purchase a new auto, and look forward to a long vacation - or several", Lerynne West, from Redfield, Iowa, said earlier this month.

Bailey said he didn't sleep the rest of the night after realizing he had the winning ticket.

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After checking the winning numbers that night online, he was shocked.

Mr Bailey didn't come forward to claim his prize until after he met with a lawyer and financial adviser. God bless her, she's still around.

Mr Bailey, who wore dark sunglasses for the announcement, said he wished he could have kept his win quiet.

"It's a good life changer", he said, adding he plans to "do the right thing" with the money. He plans on going on vacations and buying land for his mother.

For Bailey, that means taking a trip to Las Vegas or hiding out from the NY winter in the Bahamas.

Ultimately, though, he'd like to give back. And he's not planning to stop playing any time soon.

"I still want to be me. I'm going to keep doing the right thing". This year, it paid off when he won a whopping $343.8 million jackpot.

The chance of winning the Powerball jackpot is 1 in 292.2 million.

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