Win­ner had £1m lotto ticket in wal­let for a month

The Sunday Telegraph - - News -

A FOR­GET­FUL gar­dener walked around with a lot­tery ticket worth £1mil­lion in his wal­let for nearly a month be­fore he re­alised what it was worth.

Martin Crighton, 46, for­got to check his Euromil­lions ticket for the draw on Aug 15 af­ter he bought it from a Londis store in Hadleigh, Suf­folk.

He kept it among a stack of re­ceipts and busi­ness cards in his wal­let un­til he read a news­pa­per ar­ti­cle about an un­claimed lot­tery prize in his lo­cal area.

The ar­ti­cle prompted him to dig out the ticket and check the num­bers, re­veal­ing that he was the win­ner.

Self-em­ployed Martin, who lives in a rented house in Box­ford, Suf­folk, plans to spend his win­nings on a new home and hol­i­days – but he said he would not be giv­ing up his job.

He said: “I love my job and the peo­ple I work for have become re­ally good friends so I cer­tainly have no plans to stop work­ing.

“I am just de­lighted that I will now be able to af­ford to buy my own home and never have any money wor­ries ever again. It feels ab­so­lutely bril­liant.”

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