Lottery winner ‘lost’ £850k ticket in car park and didn’t realise for an hour
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A lottery winner who scooped an £850,000 jackpot has revealed he almost missed out after losing his winning ticket in a car park.
Tiler Nick Slatten couldn't believe his luck when he discovered he had matched all the numbers in the Tennessee Cash lottery.
Having bought the ticket on the day of the draw, Nick, from Sparta, Tennessee in the US, admitted he was "stunned" to discover he had won the top prize worth $1.2million.
"I couldn’t believe it," he added. "I can’t express it. It was something else."
But disaster struck an hour later when, having rushed to fiancee Michelle's work to tell her the good news, he noticed his winning ticket had vanished.
"I couldn’t find it anywhere," he said.
The ticket's mysterious disappearance sparked a desperate search, with Nick retracing his movements throughout the day in the hope of reclaiming it.
Much to his delight, Nick spotted it lying on the ground in the car park of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts – right next the driver's side door of another car.
"It's a million-dollar ticket, and someone stepped right over it," he said.
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Despite becoming millionaires, Nick added that the couple plans to buy a house and new cars, and live life with "not a whole lot of worries."
The winning ticket was one of five worth more than $1m (£722,395) on the night.
Under lottery rules, anyone who finds an unsigned winning tickets can claim the prize.
Since launching in January 2004, the lottery has dished out more than $15.8billion (£11.4bn) to winners. It has also raised more than £5.7billion (£4.1bn) for educational projects.
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