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Canadian man rediscovers forgotten lottery ticket and wins $20 million

Nov 1, 2021, 9:30 am

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Winning ticket sat in his wallet for over a month

By Kate Northrop

A Canadian man was already celebrating a momentous occasion when he rediscovered a forgotten Lotto Max lottery ticket in his wallet worth $20 million (US$16.15 million).

Jerry Knot, of Wasagamack, was in good spirits at his daughter's wedding in Winnipeg, but there was plenty more to celebrate when he learned that the disregarded lottery ticket in his pocket was a $20 million winner.

Back in August, Knott bought a Lotto Max ticket at Drifters Restaurant & Service Centre on Provincial Trunk Highway 11 in Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba. Once he put the ticket in his wallet, it was out of sight and out of mind for over a month.

His daughter's wedding brought him to Winnipeg, where he thought to check the ticket at a local store.

"I saw a two a bunch of zeroes and thought, 'Cool, I won $20,000,'" Knott said in a press release.

But the cashier gave him a much more incredulous look.

"The store retailer looked at me with wide eyes and said, 'This is the missing ticket!'" Knott recalled. "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. That's 20 and six zeroes — $20 million!"

The winning ticket was for the Lotto Max drawing that took place on Aug. 24, 2021 and matched all seven winning numbers, 1, 24, 26, 29, 30, 45, and 50.

Now a multi-millionaire, Knott told the Western Canada Lottery that he wants to put the prize money toward a dream project that he had already been developing with his family on Big Stone Lake in northern Manitoba prior to the win.

"A while ago, my father set up some reserve status land on Big Stone Lake," the winner explained. "My brother and I decided to build some cottages on the lake to be used as a treatment center or a wilderness experience. We were inspired by all of the big companies that have come up north to build remote fly-in fishing resorts."

While the winnings will help him and his family complete the monumental project, he'll also be sharing the windfall with his wife and kids.

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Thanks to rdgrnr for the tip.

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TheMeatman2005's avatar - lightening
Brooklyn, NY
United States
Member #169716
October 29, 2015
1559 Posts

Congrats to Jerry and family! Party

Good thing he found it now rather than one day after it expired.

The Meatman 🥩🍗🍔🍖🍤🌭

“The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.” Will Rogers

Winning happens in a flash, Like A Bolt Of Lightning!  Patriot

    Tony Numbers's avatar - Lottery-022.jpg
    Bronx ny
    United States
    Member #158510
    August 25, 2014
    994 Posts

    I just checked my wallet , two mo.ths and a clump of lint flew out.

      Member #214858
      April 17, 2021
      2448 Posts

      Worth $20 million (US$16.15 million) = EUR 13.96 million

      They can play for 70 eurocents while I must pay 125 eurocents for a line of lotto.

        rdgrnr's avatar - nw barkeep.jpg
        Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler
        The Hall Of The Mountain Kings Tennessee
        United States
        Member #73902
        April 28, 2009
        15320 Posts

        Worth $20 million (US$16.15 million) = EUR 13.96 million

        They can play for 70 eurocents while I must pay 125 eurocents for a line of lotto.

        Maybe so but you don't have wolverines chasing you into the house every night and then waiting for you to come out in the morning like they do in Canada.

          sully16's avatar - sharan
          United States
          Member #81738
          October 28, 2009
          99616 Posts

          Congrats Jerry, enjoy.Party

          Happy National Catfish Day  Cheers