Springfield Man Finds Lost Lotto Ticket, Bags $8.9 Million Jackpot

A lucky players from Springfield, Illinois found a lost lottery ticket and after scanning the ticket found a $8.9 million surprise.

On Christmas Eve Wilbur Smith and his friends where at a party when they all decided to buy a lottery ticket bundle that allowed them to play tickets for the next 25 draws.

“After the first few drawings, I’d check my ticket,” Brown said. “Then I just kind of forgot about it and wasn’t checking.”

He later returned to the same lodge that he had being staying at when he bought the lottery tickets, and remembered he hadn't checked all his tickets yet.

He scanned his tickets at a terminal in the lodge, and the machine returned the message 'See Customer Service.' This was when he started to get excited.

Smith then checked the results on his phone and saw that he had matched all the lucky numbers to win the jackpot; a whopping $8.9 million payout!

The lodge where the ticket was sold will also receive a $89,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. “The last couple of years have been a challenge for us,” said Moose Lodge Manager Michael Scott. “The influence of receiving such a big chunk of change is huge! We’ll be working with our members to figure out the best way to use the bonus money."

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