Grandfather finds €750k lottery ticket one year after draw

Found: The ticket was worth one million Australian dollars. © File photo.
Found: The ticket was worth one million Australian dollars. © File photo.

An Australian grandfather found a lottery ticket when cleaning out his car that was over one year old but turned out to be worth Aus$ 1 million dollars (€725,000).

Sky News report that the man, who wished to remain anonymous, was cleaning his car in New South Wales when he found the ticket at the bottom of a shopping bag.

"I'm glad I didn't just get the old bags and take them to the dump.”

He checked his numbers online and found out that he was now a millionaire

However, he wouldn't be had he purchased the ticket in Ireland or England as winners here have less time to claim their prize; ninety days in Ireland and six months in the UK.

The New South Wales lottery allows a very generous six years.

"I thought I'd been pretty stupid. I was thinking 'Wow! I could've thrown this out!' It got very close," he said.

"There's a few people who are going to benefit from this. I want to help the kids with their house payments and the grandkids with their education", he added.

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