Imagine winning $9 million USD and not even knowing it.
That’s what almost happened to one Chicago man who found a forgotten winning lotto ticket in a tax folder just days before it was set to expire.
According to WBBM Newsradio, Irving Przyborski bought several tickets last year and thought he had checked the numbers on all of them. It seems the lucky ticket somehow made its way into a tax folder and wasn’t noticed until Przyborski sat down to do his taxes last week.
He took the ticket to a local store where he discovered his tax bill was about to get a lot bigger —Przyborski had won $9 million.
Lottery spokesman Tracy Owens calls Przyborski a “quiet, laid back” person who didn’t get too excited about his life-changing win.
Przyborski’s lack of excitement is all the more surprising because his money was only days away from going to the Illinois Common School Fund. According to Owens, around $2 million worth of unclaimed lottery winnings end up in the fund every month.