A lucky New Zealand lottery winner took home $1 million…in a bag. The winning lottery ticket was hidden in a bag that he had completely forgotten about. Read more to learn his full story.
The winner is from Invercargill and prefers to keep his name hidden for security reasons. The lottery winner kept his winning lottery ticket in a work bag and left it there for two weeks before he had remembered that it was still in there. When he remembered it was in there, he took it out and checked it.
“I knew that the longer I walked around with my ticket unchecked, the more likely I could be the winner, so I refused to check it. I wanted to keep the dream of winning alive for as long as possible,” said the winner.
The fascinating part of his story is that the longer he kept the ticket in his bag, the more he started to believe that he was holding a winning ticket. It was like a force he could not describe. He could only feel it. The winning numbers were advertised locally very often in his town, and every time he saw them, he would memorize them. He began to suspect that those advertised numbers were the exact same numbers on his winning ticket.
The first time he heard about the win, was when his friends at work started talking about it during lunch. They said that there was definitely a winner but nobody had come forward to claim the winnings yet. The friends knew that the winner had entered that same draw, and they, too, had a sneaking suspicion that it could be him.
“My workmates asked me again if I was the lucky winner, but I just said ‘nah it wasn’t me,’ it was pretty hard to keep the smile off my face,” he explained. After finally getting around to checking his ticket, he said that the moment was unreal. He told his wife the amazing news when she got home that evening. “As soon as she stepped through the door I shouted ‘we’re rich’ and tossed the ticket in the air,” he told officials. His wife was in total shock and thought that her husband had just lost his mind.
The happy winning couple wants to go on holiday, buy new cars, and save the rest for their retirement.
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