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Nigerian Couple Claims $50M Lotto Max Prize After Losing Ticket in Toronto

A Toronto-area couple endured a
roller-coaster ride of emotions
when a lottery ticket worth $50
million went missing only to be
found and returned by a person
at their church.
Hakeem Nosiru won the Jan. 17
Lotto Max draw and was one day
away from claiming the money
when the ticket, which he duct-
taped to the inside of his wife's
purse for safekeeping, was
missing after they attended
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.
But the saga wasn't over yet, as
Nosiru gave the ticket to Ontario
Provincial Police, who were
investigating the matter for
Ontario Lottery and Gaming to
ensure there were no further
Everything checked out and
Nosiru and his wife Abiola were
beaming for the cameras at the
OLG prize centre Monday, telling
reporters they were planning on
travelling the world and helping
out their family.
Abiola Nosiru said that when she
realized her husband's winning
ticket had disappeared from her
purse "I had a fly in my stomach
and I couldn't sleep for days. I
couldn't eat. I was devastated."
"We just wanted to see the
reality. And the reality is right
here now," she said, fighting
back tears.
She wasn't sure what they'll do
for the woman who ended the
ticket's exodus, but told her "I
just want to say thank you."

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