Man’s $1M lotto ticket find while cleaning his house

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A man was shocked when he found a winning lottery ticket hidden in a drawer while he was cleaning his house.

Kenneth Morgan, 54, from Jacksonville, Florida, was cleaning his house over the weekend when unearthed the ticket.

"I was cleaning the house on the fourth of July when I found the Powerball ticket in a drawer," Mr Morgan told the Florida Lottery. 

"I checked the numbers and discovered it was a $1 million winner ($A1.3 million) - I'm still in shock!"

Kenneth Morgan found a winning lottery ticket while he was cleaning his home. Source: Twitter/@floridalottery
Kenneth Morgan found a winning lottery ticket while he was cleaning his home. Source: Twitter/@floridalottery

The ticket was for a draw back in April this year and matched all five of the "white ball" numbers but did not match the Powerball number.

"I guess cleaning your house does pay off," someone said on Twitter, regarding Mr Morgan's win.

Mr Morgan isn't the only winner — he purchased the Quick Pick ticket from Publix Liquor Store in Jacksonville and the retailer will get a $1000 ($A1339) bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.

Lotto winner's advice for other winners

Recently, Australia's biggest individual lottery winner offered some advice for those who are lucky enough to win the lottery.

In 2019, a nurse aged in her 40s from Sydney won a recording-breaking $107 million Powerball prize.

Since then she has kept working, saying keeping her job was something she "needed" to do.

“My advice is, if it’s possible and you can stand it, wake up the next morning and go to work,” the winner advised.

“In the beginning, it’s important to go about your usual day-to-day life while you really think about things.

“It gives you normality, and it allows the news to slowly sink in.”

A Sydney nurse won $107 million in 2019 and has since offered some advice for future winners. Source: The Lott
A Sydney nurse won $107 million in 2019 and has since offered some advice for future winners. Source: The Lott

She also advises winners to "run" to a financial advisor while the prize money comes through.

“It takes two weeks for the prize money to come through. I used those two weeks to engage a financial advisor who I really trusted,” she told The Lott.

The Sydney mum also recommends winners be careful with who they tell about their new fortune.

“Take some time to think about who you might tell before you start sharing the news with your family and friends and let the story get out of the headlines first,” she said.

“If this news affects relationships in a negative way, then it’s probably time for that relationship to end anyway and that’s just natural."

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