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Crumpled lottery ticket left in drawer wins $5.6 million

UK National LotteryUK National Lottery: Crumpled lottery ticket left in drawer wins $5.6 million

Joanne and David Austin from West Hull collected a check for £3 million (US$5.6 million) nearly a month after becoming one of five ticket holders to share a £15 million (US$28 million) UK Lotto Superdraw on January 8th.

The couple only realized they had a winning ticket after an advertisement in the local papers.

The winning numbers were: 7, 10, 17, 23, 28 and 29.

Joanne Austin said she had rummaged through her kitchen drawer and pulled out a pile of old lottery tickets, and was "shell-shocked" when the right numbers were found on one of them.

Husband David has quit his job at a caravan manufacturing company, but Mrs Austin says she will continue working as a part-time estate agent "to keep my feet on the ground".

The lucky couple say although some of the cash will be spent on vacations around the world with their young family, they see no reason to stop their trips to caravan parks around the UK.

Joanne Austin said, "We always use the same numbers so I recognized them straight away.

"I opened the kitchen drawer where I keep our Lotto tickets and got all the tickets out to check, as I hadn't done it for ages.

"When I found the one for that date I kept staring at it and then the numbers in the papers.  I just couldn't believe it."

The family say they have not had time to celebrate since finding the ticket on Wednesday.

David Austin added, "My boss was just happy for me.  It's a big company and they'll be OK.  Everyone's just pleased for us."

Hull has a reputation for unclaimed jackpots.  Two major unclaimed jackpots in the city were £2 million in 1996, and £1.25 million in 1999.

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9 comments. Last comment 13 years ago by LOTTOMIKE.
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Member #7433
October 3, 2004
32 Posts
Posted: February 7, 2005, 9:10 am - IP Logged

God Bless you guys.......i am waiting on my time ...cause I am next in line...for a miracle....spend wisely!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    Member #6676
    September 3, 2004
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    Posted: February 7, 2005, 9:44 am - IP Logged



      Winner2Be's avatar - diva
      United States
      Member #1990
      August 5, 2003
      1675 Posts
      Posted: February 7, 2005, 9:55 am - IP Logged


      hmmmm....another Win D and another Winner2be~~~

      "Win d" & "winner2b"...


      Sometimes the Heart can see what the eyes cannot.


        MillionsWanted's avatar - 24Qa6LT

        Member #9517
        December 10, 2004
        1429 Posts
        Posted: February 7, 2005, 10:48 am - IP Logged

        Lucky them!

        Me next! Me next!

          United States
          Member #7853
          October 15, 2004
          11350 Posts
          Posted: February 7, 2005, 4:21 pm - IP Logged

          cool.may fate be kinder to them than jack whitaker....

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            Kuala Lumpur
            Member #4666
            May 14, 2004
            2 Posts
            Posted: February 7, 2005, 10:38 pm - IP Logged

            Who's next? You!!!! OK Fine. BUT I'm jumping Q and be ahead of you. MAY GOB BLESS ALL LOTTO PLAYERS.


              Maverick's avatar - yinyang
              United States
              Member #8242
              October 29, 2004
              1133 Posts
              Posted: February 8, 2005, 2:21 am - IP Logged

              Article said : Joanne Austin said, "We always use the same numbers so I recognized them straight away.

              I wonder how long she's been waiting for this hit

                whodeani's avatar - lightening

                United States
                Member #2484
                October 9, 2003
                212 Posts
                Posted: February 8, 2005, 10:09 am - IP Logged

                That ticket would probably be sitting in that drawer if that advertisement hadn't been made. I am dumbfounded that somebody would buy a lottery ticket and not even bother to check the numbers. Every time you buy a ticket it has the potential (albeit a very small potential) to be worth millions of dollars and for someone not to even check the numbers tells me some people could care less if they won that money or not.

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                  Member #7853
                  October 15, 2004
                  11350 Posts
                  Posted: February 28, 2005, 12:02 am - IP Logged

                  wish i could find a crumpled ticket worth that much.....