Just imagine finding a lottery ticket that had been sitting on your table for a full month–and then later finding out it was worth $744,845!
That’s exactly what happened to a Saskatchewan man who discovered a ticket he’d already scratched was worth more than he could have ever dreamed.
Man Scratches Ticket Not Realizing He’d Won, Forgets About It
Bradley Nyhus told Western Canada Lottery Corp. officials that he bought a lottery ticket back in late January and had already scratched it – but missed the fact that he’d actually won. Thank goodness he didn’t throw the ticket away.
He bought the Set For Life Scratch-off ticket from Radville Co-op in Radville, and after scratching it, he left it sitting on his table for a good 3-4 weeks before giving it a second glance.
“I don’t know how I didn’t see it at home when I originally had scratched it,” said Nyhus. “It was laying on my table for three or four weeks, possibly more. I noticed it sitting there when I was on my way to an appointment and to get gas and a car wash.”
He First Thought the Winning Ticket Was Just an Error Code
That’s when Nyhus decided that he’d take the forgotten lottery ticket and several others he’d also scratched off to be scanned while he was out and about.
“I started scanning them on the ticket checker. I didn’t win on the first few, then I saw a 1, a dash and all these zeroes,” he recalled. “I thought it must be an error code.”
However, it was NOT an error code, to the man’s delight. He decided to check the ticket at a second scanner just to be safe, where he confirmed that he did, in fact, win the top prize.
He was given the option to either receive $744.81 a week for 25 years or to receive a lump sum amount of $744,845. He chose the lump sum. Here’s hoping he’s found a good tax preparer!
What He Plans to Do With His Winnings
When asked what he plans to do with his newfound winnings, Nyhus said he’d use the money to help pay off his daughter’s student loans and then use the rest for retirement or investments.
“I’ll use it to pay off the student loans for my three daughters. Beyond that, maybe invest the rest and look at retiring,” said Nyhus. “I have a running joke with the clerk in Radville Co-op. I always say to her, ‘Just once it would be nice to win.’ Now here I am!”