But things could have gone another way for Dave as he nearly didn't buy the Powerball ticket that would change his life forever. On the day he bought the ticket he was sick but still managed to drag himself out of bed and head to work were he later stopped off to fill up his truck and buy a Powerball ticket with the $5 he had in his pocket.
It would prove to be the best decision of his life as he later found out that the jackpot winning ticket was sold at the same gas station where he had earlier bought his. He checked his ticket a few days later to see that he had won the jackpot of $298 million, the second-largest ever Powerball jackpot.
"I went, got back in my car, I turned my music up and zoomed on home," he told CNN, adding that he then told his family, "I'm rich! I'm rich! I'm not going to work anymore."' It wasn't long after that he quit his job as a truck driver.
He opted for the lump sum cash option when claiming the jackpot which totaled $180 million; and after taxes Dave netted $114 million. Dave says that he doesn't plan on leaving New York, instead he plans on staying and making investments and buying a brand-new red Porsche.