A Delaware man won $50,000 from a June Powerball drawing but the lottery prize was left unclaimed until he read about it in an article last week.
Each week, the 69-year-old unidentified man from Ellendale plays the Powerball at a local store and fortunately has a habit of hanging on to the tickets, according to the Delaware Lottery.
"I play every Wednesday and Saturday morning when I stop for coffee," he said.
The Ellendale resident struck it lucky in a June 13 drawing, but remained oblivious about his winnings until reading an article on his phone about the unclaimed prize.
After double checking the numbers, he took the tickets down to the store, where a cashier confirmed the win.
"She said I was a winner, but joked that the winning amount was too much to tell me right there in the store," the man said in a statement. "I was in disbelief."
After taxes, the lucky winner took home $38,000, which he plans to use to "pay off some bills."
He also intends to use some of the cash to fix up an old car he has been working on and the rest will go straight into savings.
Every now and again, unique circumstances arise in which a lucky winner brings home the jackpot.
In one instance last year, 19-year-old Rosa Dominguez won the lottery twice in a week in California, cashing in on more than $655,000 on two scratch-off tickets.
The first winning ticket for $555,555 came from Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County and the other for $100,000 in Greenfield in Monterey County, said the California Lottery.
In another incident, an Iowa man won $300,000 after picking numbers he says came to him in a dream.
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