Gregorio De Santis a Montreal, Canada man discovers a forgotten lottery million dollar plus ticket after being urged by his sister to clean out his wardrobe.
CBC reports Gregorio De Santis finding a ‘forgotten’ Lotto 6/49 ticket dated Dec. 6, 2017 in an old jacket only to be told upon having the ticket validated that it was worth $1.75 million Canadian dollars or the equivalent of $1.32 USD million.
According to De Santis, he’d been encouraged to clean the wardrobe and ready some clothes for donation when he noticed the forgotten lottery ticket in one of the pockets of an old jacket.
Thinking he might have won, ‘a few bucks’, De Santis decided to take the ticket to be validated to see if it was worth anything.
When the lottery ticket was validated, he at first thought he had won $1,750 — a pretty exciting prize for anybody.
But, as it turns out, the prize was worth 1,000 times that.
De Santis said his heart almost stopped when he realized he was suddenly a millionaire.
Gregorio De Santis discovers he was one of four winners of $7m jackpot (but only had two more months to claim windfall).
‘I would never have looked in that wardrobe without her,‘ he said.
De Santis wants to organize his retirement plan and take some time to think, he said. As a hockey fan, he said he will likely go see more games with his nephew.
The jackpot on Dec. 6, 2017 was actually $7 million. It was divided into four parts.
According to Loto-Québec‘s website, the claim period is one year from the draw date printed on the ticket or, for scratch tickets, one year from the product launch date.
In this case, the winning ticket was just two months shy of expiring.