An 59 year old Oakland County man's forgetfulness nearly cost him a life-changing lottery prize.

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The lucky winner, who chose to remain anonymous, purchased a Millionaire's Club instant game at the Marathon gas station on West Walton Boulevard in Waterford back in the winter.

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The man said he knew he had a winning ticket but had no clue it was worth that much.

He kept the ticket in a drawer with other winning tickets that he'd redeem later when he needed some quick cash.

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Credit: Canva

Fast forward 3 months, he remembered the winning ticket was still in the drawer so he took it to a gas station to find out how much it was worth.

Turns out it was worth a lot!

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The winning ticket was worth $4 Million and after taking the lump sum cash option he walked away with $2.7 Million.

What's He Going To Do With The Money?

He plans to invest his newfound fortune and use some to start a new company.

I'm happy the guy won so much money, but I can't imagine having a lottery ticket that I knew was a winner and waiting so long to find out how much I had won.

Just think he could have told his boss to kick rocks 3 months earlier if he would have checked it sooner.


Winning the lotto is life changing, but not everyone's life changes for the better.

Five Michiganians Whose Lives Were Ruined After Winning Big Lottery Jackpots

We all think winning the lottery would solve all of our problems. But you know what they say: "Be careful what you wish for."

Take a look at these five Michigan residents who won life-changing money from the Michigan Lottery. Unfortunately, all of their lives took a drastic turn for the worse after their wins.

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