Monday, June 2, 2014
Imagine winning a $50 Million jackpot -- and then losing the ticket before you can claim it. That's exactly what happened to Hakeem Nosiru, who won the January 17, 2014 Lotto Max draw. He was one day away from claiming the money when the ticket, which he duct-taped to the inside his wife’s purse for safekeeping, when he discovered it was missing after they attended church.
That sparked a frantic search of their Brampton home, with garbage bins being upended and their contents picked through piece by piece, an effort that left Nosiru and his wife empty handed and feeling “miserable.”
But that despair turned to joy after a fellow member of the congregation discovered the ticket and reunited it with them on April 1 — saying “April fools” — a return made possible because Nosiru signed the ticket with their address.