The luckiest man on the planet may be a Tennessee man by the name of Nick Slatten. Slatten is singing praises to God no doubt after losing his winning lottery ticket, worth a life-changing amount of money, then finding it an hour later.
Sparta, Tennessee resident Nick Slatten went to work as normal in Smithville on Wednesday and then went to buy a drink and a Tennessee Cash lottery ticket at Village Market. The next morning, he realized that his life had changed as the ticket he had purchased was indeed the winning ticket. He had matched all five numbers, making his ticket worth $1,178,746.
“I was stunned. I couldn’t believe it,” Slatten said in a press release. “I can’t express it. It was something else.” His excitement led him to then share the news with his fiancee Michelle at work, followed by running some errands and then ate lunch. Slatten then took his brother to O’Reilly’s Auto Parts to purchase auto parts. It was then that his day took a turn.
An hour after leaving the store, Slatten realized he no longer had the lottery ticket. “I couldn’t find it anywhere,” he said. To top it off, it was a very windy day.
“It’s a million-dollar ticket, and someone stepped right over it,” Nick Slatten said of his winning ticket that briefly went missing. https://t.co/KEFcEqaE9P— WNDU (@WNDU) March 24, 2021
Tennessee Cash encourages winners to sign their tickets immediately, confirming their wins, as any lost unsigned ticket can be claimed by anyone that finds it. “The Lottery always encourages players to sign their ticket immediately after purchase to identify it as theirs and to help prevent someone else from cashing it, in the event that it is lost or stolen,” the press release read.
Obviously frantic, Slatten fervently began his search for his ticket, retracing his steps. His search brought him back to the O’Reilly Auto Parts parking lot. Shortly after arriving, he noticed the winning ticket in the parking lot lying next to a parked vehicle on the ground.
It’s the end of the week, but it’s also #JackpotFriday! Did you know #Tennessee players claimed more than $26.4 million in prizes from Feb 28-Mar 6? YOU could be our next big winner! 😲 Learn more: https://t.co/6G7oHQsr5O— Tennessee Lottery (@TNLottery) March 12, 2021
Tennessee Cash reports that there were only 5 tickets worth over $1 million sold within this month in the state of Tennessee. “It’s a million-dollar ticket, and someone stepped right over it,” said a grateful Slatten.
Although his financial status has now changed, Slatten states that he and his fiancee plan to continue working. However, they will buy a home, upgrade their cars, and invest a portion of the winnings. All in all, they want to continue to live life with “not a whole lot of worries.”