A Powerball winner from Monroe waited a year before claiming his $1 million prize. Erwin Ishmael patiently waited till just before the ticket expired so he could avoid getting taxed for it in 2013, as he was retiring. Lottery officials, who didn’t know of Ishmael’s motivation event sent out a plea for the missing millionaire to come forward as the deadline for claims neared. Ishmael made his claim on the 2nd of January, just three days before the ticket would have expired.
Ishmael claims the money has not changed his plans, and will not be used for buying luxurious items. It will all be for his retirement.