A Canadian man was just cleaning out his closet when he stumbled upon a find that will change his life: a forgotten-about lottery ticket that turned out to be worth $1.75 million.

As CBC News reports, Gregorio De Santis of Montreal, was cleaning out an old closet and getting ready to take clothes to a donation center, when he grabbed an old jacket. .

Ever diligent to check the pockets, he found a scrap of paper – an old lottery ticket, from December 6, 2017, to be specific. De Santis thought the ticket might be worth “a few bucks,” so he took it to get validated.

As it turns out, his ticket was worth more than a few bucks: it was worth $1.75 million. On Friday, the lucky Montrealer went to Loto-Québec to collect his one-quarter share of the $6 million jackpot from that particular draw. .

He says he was still “in shock” when he was given the oversized prop to pose for photographs with. As it turns out, De Santis was lucky in more ways than one. .

Loto-Québec, like just about every lottery, has a statute of limitations on when old tickets can be claimed, in this case, one year. .

Since the ticket was sold in December 2017, that means that if De Santis had waited a couple more months to clean out his old closet, he’d have been out of luck. 📷: Loto-Québec

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