More than a year after his winning numbers were drawn, an Australian man discovered that he is a millionaire after cleaning out his car and finding a winning ticket.
After finding the ticket, the man checked it online and discovered he had become a millionaire 414 days after the drawing.
The man, whose name was not released, won $1,020,496.38 AUD on a 24-game QuickPick ticket that turned out to be one of four winners from a Jan. 9, 2016, drawing.
“I line the bottom of my reusable Aldi shopping bags with old beer cartons to give them some strength. The ticket was hidden in underneath it and I didn’t know it was there!” he said. “I was cleaning rubbish out of my car on the weekend and thought it was time to put new cartons in the bottom of all my bags as they were starting to get torn and I got quite a surprise!”
“I’m glad I didn’t just get the old bags and take them to the dump!” he continued. “I’ve done some pretty stupid things in my time!”
“I thought I’d been pretty stupid. I was thinking ‘Wow! I could’ve thrown this out!’. It got very close,” he said.
“So I’m not worried that I could have had the money a year ago – at least I’ve got it now. It might have remained anonymous until the year 3900!”
He continued, “There’s a few people who are going to benefit from this. I want to help the kids with their house payments and the grandkids with their education. It will smooth the troubled water in front of them.”
The news comes after a recent campaign by New South Wales Lotteries urging local players to check their old tickets.
NSW Lotteries has been has been operating in New South Wales providing entertaining games of chance since the late 1930’s turning dreams into reality for hundreds of players each year, even if it is 414 days later.