A Canadian couple recently found a year-old lottery ticket worth a whopping $750k in a book just two days before the deadline.
For lottery players who purchase lottery tickets the old fashioned way, you might want to clear out that old, dusty bookshelf.
Nicole Pedneault and Roger Larocque of Montreal bought a lottery ticket last Valentine's Day as a gift to themselves. But like so many lottery players who buy lottery tickets at the corner shop, they too forgot all about the ticket.
It was only when their grandson asked to borrow a few items for his show-and-tell presentation that Ms Pedneault noticed something sticking out of a book on the shelf.
She told lottery officials that it was while she was searching through items from a trip to Japan that she had packed away months ago that she came across the forgotten ticket.
"The first thing I did when I found the ticket in the book was go check the prize claim deadline on the website. I was so lucky to have found it in the nick of time," Pedneault said.
The couple claimed their prize Wednesday, but had they waited until after Friday, they would have lost the prize worth $1,000,000 in Canadian dollars, or just under $750,000 USD.
Lottery officials say that winners have a year from the draw date to claim their earnings. If prizes go unclaimed, they are put back into a pool and offered as bonuses for other lotteries.
The couple says they plan to use the money mostly for their five sons and grandchildren, but Larocque may buy a new car.
Mr Pedneault said, “We didn’t plan on celebrating tonight. But we’ll be sure to treat ourselves to a poutine with a double helping of gravy and cheese curds at the restaurant."