A British man said he didn't know that he had won a $86 million jackpot until he found the forgotten ticket in a pile of papers in his van.
Trisha Fairhurst urged her partner Andrew Clark, 51, to check the ticket after hearing about a local unclaimed prize.
“Trisha kept telling me to check the tickets, and her niece Louise, who I was building an extension for, was also in on it once she’d heard about the unclaimed prize in the news,” he said.
Clark, of the English town of Boston, decided to go through the bundle of tickets left abandoned in his van.
“I finally gave in, got the bundle out of the van and started to work my way through them, methodically from the oldest to the most recent, starting with Lotto, before moving onto my EuroMillions tickets.”
One of those EuroMillions tickets was the big winner, giving Clark an $86 million payout
“It almost feels like some magical Christmas story, the man who nearly lost [$86 million ]!” Clark said after finding the ticket.