Forgotten Lottery Ticket Yields $1M Prize
Georgia man came across it while cleaning his room
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2014 9:29 AM CST
Gregory Jarrett nearly missed out on his $1 million prize.   (Georgia Lottery)

(Newser) – Your early incentive for spring cleaning: A Georgia man tidying his room came across a month-old Powerball ticket that just happened to have five matching numbers, reports NBC News. That's good enough to make 26-year-old Gregory Jarrett $1 million richer, at least before taxes. “I called for my mom, and I walked toward her, shaking,” he recalls in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “She verified it, and at that point, we hugged.” Jarrett, who bought the ticket and promptly forgot about it, says he used his siblings' birthdays to pick his numbers. Click to read about another winner whose numbers finally came in after 20 years.

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Mar 1, 2014 12:58 PM CST
There is a line out the door of young ladies wanting him to move out of mom's my neighborhood, the gals read the obits to see which guy gets their extra hotdish....
Mar 1, 2014 10:22 AM CST
Except for me, it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
Mar 1, 2014 10:04 AM CST
And that's why, kiddies, when Mom says clean your do it!