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House cleaner finds man's long lost scratch off lottery ticket that wins him $1 million

Niamh Shackleton

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House cleaner finds man's long lost scratch off lottery ticket that wins him $1 million

Featured Image Credit: Massachusetts State Lottery / Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A house cleaner definitely deserves a raise after their discovery made the homeowner they were cleaning for a millionaire.

The unnamed cleaner in Massachusetts was attending to Khalil Soussa's property when they came across a scratch card dating back a few months.

But rather than pocket it (you were all thinking it too), they handed it in to Khalil, and it turned out to be a winning ticket.

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It wasn't your usual $5 win either as it turned out, Khalil had a million dollars worth of winnings just sat in his home that he'd forgotten about.

The cleaner had found it in a vase in his home.

He opted to take a one-off payment as part of his winnings meaning that, after tax, Khalil took home an impressive $650,000.

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In regards to what he plans on doing with all that cash, apparently Khalil plans on helping a friend and will also donate some to charity - there was no mention if his cleaner will be getting their Christmas bonus earlier though.

Khalil Soussa won $1 million earlier this month. Credits: Massachusetts State Lottery
Khalil Soussa won $1 million earlier this month. Credits: Massachusetts State Lottery

Another person who hit the jackpot of late is Florida-based Gary Thomas.

Gary purchased a $5 lottery ticket at Lotto Discount Liquor in Campbellton and went on to win a huge cash prize.

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His winning ticket gave him the option to have $150,000 a year for the rest of his life or receiving a one-off lump sum off $2,440,000.

Gary opted for the lump sum option and said he 'couldn't believe' that he'd won.

The store who sold the ticket to Gary also get to bask in his glory as they're set to receive a $4,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.

Gary didn't disclose how he plans on spending his cash, but he definitely shouldn't take a leaf out of Edwin Castro's book.

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Edwin became an overnight billionaire when he won the $2.04 billion Powerball lottery in 2022.

Gary Thomas with his winnings. Credit: Florida Lottery
Gary Thomas with his winnings. Credit: Florida Lottery

Like Khalil and Gary, Edwin opted for the lump sum as well, and went on to buy multimillion dollar homes.

But Emily Irwin, managing director of advice and planning at Wells Fargo’s Wealth & Investment Management, says making huge purchases like Edwin isn't the way forward.

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"Don’t make any visible life changes. Don’t quit your job, don’t go out and buy a Ferrari, don’t buy a mansion," she said to Fortune.

"Maybe you have student loans you want to pay off, that makes sense. But try to avoid that mega-purchase."

Topics: News, US News, Money

Niamh Shackleton
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