“I Won $343.9 Million Using The Same Lucky Numbers for 25 Years”

Robert Bailey has played the same number combination, every week for 25 years in various lotteries...until it finally won him $343.9 million!

Robert Bailey has played the same number combination, every week for 25 years in various lotteries...until it finally won him $343.9 million!

Call it what you want, luck or sheer perseverance, but Roberts lucky number combination of 8 12 13 19 27 4 was finally drawn on October 27th, 2018. At 67, this Manhattanite retired postal worker, Robert Bailey, won one of the biggest prizes in lottery history. A staggering $343.9 million! He opted for the lump sum payout of $125 396 690 with tax deductions. 

“I Won $343.9 Million Using The Same Lucky Numbers for 25 Years”

Robert Bailey, a self-described "humble" man, shared the $125 396 690 US Powerball jackpot with Lerynne West, a 51-year-old mother of three from Redfield, Iowa. She told reporters that she did not pick her numbers and that a shop attendant had randomly generated the numbers for her using Quick Pick.

Lerynne West announced plans to start a foundation and donate $500 000 to an organization that supports wounded American veterans. Robert Bailey said he would "give back to his city, Manhattan." He also stated his plan to get a house for his mother and to travel and make good investments. He also wants to go somewhere nostalgic for him. "I have not been to Las Vegas in a very long time. I should go now!" he said.

The Saturday of the drawing was rainy, so he had asked a friend to drive him to the store to play the lottery. Robert Bailey said he intended to "watch over and reward" this friend who drove him that day to purchase his winning entry.

Bailey said his lucky numbers come from a relative that gave them to him 25 years prior, but he would not elaborate on it much. He said he had played every lottery ever since using those numbers - 8 12 13 19 27 & 40. For the US Powerball drawing, he adjusted the 40 to allow a single digit (4).

“I Won $343.9 Million Using The Same Lucky Numbers for 25 Years”

Shockingly, Robert Bailey had not even watched the live US Powerball drawing. He later decided to go and check the results, "just in case". "When I saw the numbers, I was just shocked," he said. He says he was extremely restless the whole weekend and hardly got any sleep. He claimed his winnings two weeks later (This man has patience!). It took him so long to claim his winnings because he said that he wanted first to go see a lawyer and a financial advisor.

An ex-coworker from the United States Postal Service said that Robert Bailey had worked there since 1968, mostly as a machine operator, and retired in 2009. At the ceremony, he rocked up solo to claim his jackpot money, even though he playfully joked that he might need a bodyguard now.

Although his life has now changed forever, there is one routine he said he would never give up...Robert Bailey showed up to collect his winnings with a fresh batch of lottery entries. "I had to play the lotto this morning before I came here," he stated. "I'm going to ride my luck out. I will never stop playing my lucky number combination."



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