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Canadian Man Notices an Old Lotto Ticket in His Wallet and Wins $20 Million


Western Canada Lottery Corporation

It’s the dream scenario that, for one Manitoba man, really happed: He found a forgotten lottery ticket in the back of his wallet—and it turned out to be worth $20 million.

Jerry Knott bought a LOTTO MAX ticket in Lac du Bonnet for an August 24 draw. He tucked it in among his bank cards, then promptly forgot all about it until this month—when he remembered to scan his ticket while visiting Winnipeg.

“I saw a two and a bunch of zeroes and thought, ‘Cool! I won $20,000!’” he said, according to a news release.

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“The store retailer looked at me with wide-eyes and said, ‘This is the missing ticket!’”

“I didn’t know what she was talking about until she scanned it again and I saw there were a few more zeroes than I had originally thought,” he said. “That’s 20 and six zeroes—$20 million!”

After getting over his shock, Knott began to think about what to do with his new millions.

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“A while ago my father set up some reserve status land on Big Stone Lake,” he said. “My brother and I decided to build some cottages on the lake to be used as a treatment centre or a wilderness experience.”

“I’m looking forward to building another five cottages to expand our dream,” he said. “It’s nice to know we will be able to put money into something that will better our community.”

Dedicating his winnings to his community sounds like a fine plan indeed.

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