Man Wins $1 Million, Loses Lottery Ticket, Then Rediscovers His Luck By Finding It In A Parking Lot
Nick Slatten bought the winning lottery ticket and a drink on March 10 at a grocery store about 80 miles north of Chattanooga. When checking the results the next morning, he discovered the $1 million victory.
After sharing the good news with his fiancé, Slatten ran some errands, including stopping at O’Reilly’s to buy a car part.
Then something happened that would make most anyone panic: he realized he no longer had the ticket.
“I couldn’t find it anywhere,” he said. Lottery tickets are just like cash, so if a player loses a ticket, anyone can claim it.
Statten immediately began to retrace his steps and pulled into O’Reilly’s parking lot where he saw it lying on the ground.
Nick Slatten began retracing his steps, which resulted in finding the winning lottery ticket near the driver’s side door of another car.
“It’s a million-dollar ticket, and someone stepped right over it,” he said. Slatten’s ticket is one of five worth $1 million or more to have been sold in Tennessee this month, Tennessee Lottery officials said.
Slatten said that he and his fiancée will continue to work but that they plan to buy a new house and a car and to invest. He said he hopes to live a life with “not a whole lot of worries.”
A Middle Tennessee man almost lost out on a $1 million lottery ticket that he lost while running errands.
Luckily, he retraced his steps and found it in the parking lot of an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store. https://t.co/ghlqUpSUP0
— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) March 19, 2021