Gardener in Suffolk Finally Claims £1m Euromillions Jackpot After Forgetting About His Ticket For a Month

By Dave Meikleham on at

We've all had memory lapses at one time or another. Be it ruining the Sunday roast because you forget to turn off the oven, or leaving your other half waiting at the train station for an hour because the latest episode of Rick & Morty obliterated your memory banks, it's easy to forget stuff. Then again, failing to remember to check a £1m Euromillions ticket really is next level forgetfulness.

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As the BBC reports, Martin Crighton, a 44-year-old gardener from Boxford, Suffolk, discovered the winning ticket over a month after the draw took place. Thankfully, an appeal in the local papers to find the AWOL winner prompted Crighton to finally dig out his jackpot-claiming piece of paper. "His memory was jogged by an article about a "missing millionaire" from his area," the BBC writes.

Suffice to say, old Martin was a tad shocked to find out he was now worth roughly 17% of Scrooge McDuck's net wealth. So much so, he had to ask his friend Shaun to check his ticket. "He was a little overwhelmed and he looked extremely worried for a little while," says Shaun in a BBC video. "But we went and got his parents and after a couple more Carlsbergs, he was well away and very happy. Couldn't have happened to a nicer bloke."

So well done Martin Crighton and your delightfully forgetful brain. We're pretty sure you can now buy enough cans of Carlsberg to reach to the Moon and back.