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. (Read more lottery winner stories.)

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