Couple Who Lost $50 Million Lotto Ticket Turn Out to Be Luckiest People on Earth

Lotto TicketsWhether you play or not, I'm sure most people imagine what it would be like to win the lottery. You imagine what you'd buy, if you'd take payments or the lump sum, whether or not you'd quit your job, and if you'd maybe end up on one of those TV specials one day about people who won the lotto then lost it all.

Hakeem and Abiola Nosiru didn't just dream about winning the lottery -- they won it. And then they lost it all the next day. But this couple ended up being two of the luckiest people on the planet, when their winning $50 million lottery ticket was returned to them months after it went missing.


The Nosirus, of Brampton, Canada, found out they had a winning lottery ticket worth $50 million in January. But instead of cashing it in, the next day, they lost it at church. At church of all places! They probably went to thank Jesus for the windfall, and they lost it. Major suckage.

"I couldn’t sleep for days, I couldn’t eat. I was devastated," Abiola, who had taped the ticket inside her purse, told the Canadian Press.

You'll never guess what happened months later -- a fellow church member found the ticket and returned it to the Nosirus. Hekeem had signed the ticket and included their address, so once the ticket was found, they were easy to find.

It was reported that the lost ticket had been found on April first, but it wasn't until just this past week that the Ontario Provincial Police concluded an investigation on behalf of Ontario Lottery and Gaming, and the couple was able to claim their prize.

So what are they going to with their $50 million? Relax and stay grounded, they say. The couple, who are originally from Nigeria, are also planning on spending lots of time with their children and grandchildren. "We are relieved, we are very excited, we are very happy," Abiola said. "We believed that before the money there was a life ... after the money there would be a life."

It seems like there couldn't be a nicer couple to be so lucky.

What do you think happened to the missing lotto ticket in the months before it was found?


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