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$16M lottery ticket spent weeks in oblivious winner's wallet

Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A Canadian man who won a lottery jackpot of more than $16 million said he forget the ticket in his wallet for nearly two months.

Jerry Knot, of Wasagamack, Manitoba, told Western Canada Lottery Corp. officials he bought a ticket for the Aug. 24 Lotto Max drawing in Lac du Bonnet and placed it in his wallet -- and promptly forgot about it.

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Knot said it was nearly two months later when he was visiting Winnipeg for his daughter's wedding and noticed the ticket in his wallet. He took the ticket to a store to use the scanner.

"I saw a two a bunch of zeroes and thought, 'Cool I won $20,000,'" Knot recalled.

He said the store's clerk told him to take a second look.

"I didn't know what she was talking about until she scanned it again and saw there were a few more zeroes than I originally thought," he said.

Knot had won the drawing's $16,180,800 ($20 million Canadian) jackpot.

The winner said he plans to use his windfall to build some cottages with his brother in Big Stone Lake for a planned treatment center or wilderness experience business.

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"We were inspired by all of the big companies that have come up north to build remote fly-in fishing resorts," he said.

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