Have you checked your pockets lately? Turned out your wallet, looked between your couch cushions, searched at the bottom of your handbag? What about looked under the driver's seat of your car, or at the back of your cupboard shelves? We're only asking because these are the most obvious places for people to leave their lotto tickets and forget about them - innocent pieces of paper that could end up being worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, dollars or euros!
Don't believe us? That's because you haven't heard the story of Bill Brady - a player whose forgotten lotto ticket turned out to be not just a fantastic surprise, but a brilliantly timed one as well.
Hailing from West Chicago in the USA, 72-year-old Bill Brady is as regular a lotto player as one gets - if you count regular as being someone who finds an old lottery ticket in his wallet that turns out to be worth a fortune!
It's a story that's almost too good to be true - a man planning on getting married finds a forgotten lotto ticket, checks it on the machine at the store, double-checks it again with the clerk, and then realises he has enough to pay for the wedding of his bride's dreams. It almost sounds like something taken straight from a Hollywood movie, but in this case, the truth is stranger than fiction.
His day started out like any other, but it was only when Bill Brady stopped at a nearby gas station that his life took a fortuitous turn. After noticing an old Lucky Day lotto ticket in his wallet, he decided to check his numbers at the self-service scanner. Upon receiving a "file a claim" message, he went straight to the clerk to check his ticket again - which is when he was told that he wasn't just a small winner, he was a big winner of a huge $200,000 in cash!
“I was so surprised when she said I won $200,000, and it still hasn’t really sunk in,” Bill says. “I bought this ticket a month ago and forgot all about it.”
Despite having used the Quick Pick function - which most lottery experts warn against - Bill's ticket matched all five lotto numbers, making it a winner for the 24 February draw. While Bill is still in shock at his surprise win, it hasn't stopped him from making plans for his windfall. Future expenses include sound investments, among others, but by far the item at the top of his "to do" list is to pay for his wedding later this year. Congratulations Bill - your win couldn't have come at a better time!
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