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Lottery winner celebrates at gaming parlor

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LINCOLN, R.I. -

Lonnie Jackson, Jr. is feeling lucky. While, playing the slots at Twin River to celebrate, the Woonsocket man talked to NBC 10 about cashing in a $2 million Powerball ticket.

He admits he's spent a lot of time at the slot parlor in Lincoln.

"I should own half this place, all the money I lost here. I'm not going to spend all my money at Twin River. I'm going to take care of all my responsibilities," Jackson said.

A father of 15 children, Jackson bought his ticket Feb. 6, and then threw it in a back room at his home with a bunch of other old tickets.

A couple weeks later he went back to the store where he bought it.

"The guy that works there says, 'Jackson, Jackson! You a millionaire! You a millionaire!' I says, 'A millionaire, what?' He says, 'You hit the Powerball!' I says, 'Get outta' here, I ain't hit no Powerball.'"

The clerk apparently remembered that Jackson was the only customer to buy a Powerball ticket with the multiplier the night the prized ticket was sold.

It took another week before Jackson finally checked the numbers, after digging through a bunch of other tickets.

"I said, 'Holy mosey! I'm a winner!' I didn't know what to do. It seems like my whole world came to a standstill," he said.

Now he's a millionaire, but still wearing his work shirt. Jackson spends his time finding scrap metal.

"I've been a hustler all my life. I work seven days a week," Jackson said. "They call me a dumpster diver cause I'm always in dumpsters picking up bottles and cans."

With his new wealth, Jackson says he'll buy a tractor to plow and a truck for hauling.

"I'm going to keep working. Retiring ain't nowhere near my neighborhood. Only way I retire, God retire me. I want to pay my bills and all my child support, take care of my kids properly, like I should have been doing all the time. But when you're broke, you can't do nothing," he said.

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