Lottery winner left ticket worth £900k in kitchen drawer for three months

A lottery fan went three months before checking his ticket to find he had won a jaw-dropping £900,000.

The winner from Canberra, Australia has not revealed his name but told The Lott he was left speechless at the discovery.

When doing his usual three-monthly lottery check on Saturday by rummaging through his drawer of tickets, the man realised he has been owed 1.6 million Australian dollars since October 24, 2020.

He held one of the four division one winning entries in Saturday Lotto draw 4097, News.com.au reports, with each winner banking $1,614,571 (£890k).

Sharing his disbelief with an official from The Lott this week, the man explained he could not believe he had been unknowingly sitting on all that prize money for three months.

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He said: "I’ve been playing Lotto for about 10 years, and I don’t check my tickets all the time. I only check them every three months or so.

"I finally got around to checking my ticket and I couldn’t believe it! It has been in a drawer at home this whole time.

"It’s crazy to think that $1.6 million has been sitting in that drawer for months! I wish I had of checked the ticket sooner.

"For the past 10 years I have been dreaming of what this day would be like, and suddenly it has arrived, and I am speechless!

"It was crazy. It was amazing. I can’t describe the feeling. It felt so good!"

When asked how life looked as a sudden millionaire, the Canberra man said he could not wait to enjoy the financial freedom it brings but was not about to quit his job.

He added: "I am going to take care of my family and pay off the mortgage.

"I’ll definitely keep working and think of how to invest the rest!"

The winning entry was purchased at Euro Garages Australia in Hume.

Across Australia, there were four division one winning entries in Saturday Lotto draw 4097 – two from Queensland and one each from Tasmania and the ACT.

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