Tradie discovers he's a millionaire after find in glovebox

A tradie has discovered he was secretly a millionaire for a month after a winning ticket was sitting in his glovebox unclaimed.

The 33-year-old tradie purchased the ticket from Ballajura City Lottery Centre and Post Office in Perth before the draw was announced on December 21.

The tradesman said he works up north and due to the cyclone, he was held up over the Christmas and New Year period.

However, even when he heard about the winner purchasing the ticket from Ballajura, he didn’t “put two and two together” and was unaware he had won the $1,089,093.

“Today I was meant to attend a course, but it was postponed so I decided to check my ticket, turns out I’ve had $1 million sitting in my glovebox,” he told Lotterywest.

For the past 18 months, the tradie had been using the same combination of numbers – his footy number and family birthdays.

A West Australian tradie didn't realise he had a winning lotto ticket sitting in his glove box for over a month. Source: Getty

After not knowing who the lucky millionaire was for almost a month, a Lotterywest spokesperson said it was “fantastic” to meet the winner.

“As he wasn’t a Lotterywest member, we were unable to put a call in to point out this player’s good fortune,” Jennie Fitzhardinge said.

Lotterywest allows for players to become members online and use their members card in-store to register tickets.

“We are thrilled he decided to check his glovebox and pull out something more than a little bit of spare change,” Ms Fitzhardinge continued.

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