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2016 had the perfect ending for Curtis Mooney from Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, Canada. On New Year’s Eve, he discovered that he was the winner of a $5m Lotto 6/49 jackpot, exactly four months after the draw had taken place.

Even his father had been wondering who had scooped the big prize. Some players do take a long while to check their tickets and Mooney certainly fits that description simply because he didn’t think it was possible he could win the Canadian Lotto 6/49 jackpot.

On December 30, his father was on at him to finally check his Lotto 6/49 tickets. The following day, he ran out of patience, came to his son’s house and insisted they check the winning numbers for the August 31 Lotto 6/49 draw. After all, he was the one who had encouraged Curtis to buy lottery tickets rather than spending his money on snacks. “For years I thought, ‘Okay, I could’ve walked away with a bag of Doritos, but I got this lottery ticket instead'”, said the Lotto 6/49 jackpot winner.

It was at around seven o’clock in the morning when the amazing Lotto 6/49 discovery was made. “I’m definitely not a morning person,” said the surprised winner. “I was still kind of dazed about this but OK, $5 million tha’s alright.”

It’s not uncommon for players to take a fair while to find out they’ve had a big lottery win. Yesterday told you how Joemel Panisa from Oregon, USA, claimed a $1m Mega Millions prize just days before it was due to expire. Paul Matson from California, USA, had a $671,089 winning Powerball ticket kept in his draw for two and a half months. Linda Tuttle from Michigan, USA, took months to find out she’d won a $1m Mega Millions prize.

Curtis’ discovery came just three days after Olga Beno won a $5.3m Lotto 6/49 jackpot. It’s the latest big win in Saskatchewan after Rod Holinaty won a $14.2m Lotto 6/49 jackpot.

The Lotto 6/49 winner doesn’t anticipate any major changes in his life, saying he’s a “low-key guy” but “anything is possible.” He does plan on sharing some of his Lotto 6/49 winnings with a few people in his life and thinks he might be going to a few more movies on weekends. His winning numbers in the August 31 Lotto 6/49 draw were: 08-10-17-36-39-44.

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