Chicago Man Finds His $9M Lottery Ticket Just in Time He found it only because he was doing his taxes early By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Mar 24, 2011 3:58 PM CDT 10 comments Comments File photo. It pays to check your lottery tickets after buying them. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – An incredible story of lottery luck from Chicago: Irvin Przyborski bought a ticket a year ago and inadvertently slipped it into a folder with his tax documents. When he sat down to do this year's taxes, he found it again, checked the numbers, and discovered it was worth $9 million. His lawyer called the state lottery on March 15, less than two weeks before the ticket would have expired, reports the Chicago Tribune. "What's the big deal?" asked the 61-year-old retired truck driver, who says the money won't change his life. "Look at the people who are out of work. People with Ph.Ds can't find work. There's nothing joyful about winning money in a situation like this."