Man finds winning $9 million lottery ticket

It pays to do your taxes, especially if there’s a winning lottery ticket hiding out in your financial records.

The lottery winner (not pictured) was probably this happy.

The lottery winner (not pictured) was probably this happy.

Some lucky fellow in Chicago found a ticket worth $9 million while figuring out Uncle Sam’s cut of his 2010 income.

According to WBBM radio, Irving Przyborski found the ticket just in time, it was set to expire the same day he realized it was a winner.

If Przyborski had not claimed his winnings by midnight Thursday, the money would have gone into the state’s Common School Fund, according to WBBM.  Amazingly, about $2 million in unclaimed winnings a month go into that fund, most from much smaller prizes than Przyborski’s.

I’ll be putting at least $1 on the line Friday — a desperate attempt to claim the $312 Mega Millions prize. If I win, I promise to show up at the Georgia Lottery office in record time.

20 comments Add your comment

Trizzle

March 25th, 2011
5:20 pm

First…and lonely :) I’d love to find a ticket just laying around that I forgot to check and it turned out to be a winner. Wow, what a feeling that must have been!

Grod

March 25th, 2011
5:55 pm

I’d be frantic…Imagine finding this ticket and not having enough time to cash it in….lucky for this fellow.

Eric

March 25th, 2011
5:58 pm

This hit’s home…I often buy tickets and when I hear that nobody won the jackpot…I don’t check to see if I won other prizes. I realize I’ve probably never thrown away a winner…but one never really knows. Hmm…maybe I need to rethink my strategy…LOL. And yes…I’ll be “investing” $5 tonight on the lottery…crossing my fingers, my toes and anything else I can cross. I’m sure I won’t win…but someone’s life is going to change drastically…can you just imagine?

alhaym

March 25th, 2011
6:10 pm

this message is for the future winner todays lottery DONT SHARE. KEEP IT AND ENJOY NEVERMIND ALL THOSE SO CALL RELATIV ES.

Rawdog

March 25th, 2011
6:44 pm

Ching chong, figures, take the money back to Japan and grow some rice fields.

Drew

March 25th, 2011
6:44 pm

Public Service Announcement – Please quit throwing your money away on lottery tickets. You and I both know the liklihood of winning is abysmal. Even if you do win, your friends, family, and generally everyone in society at large will want a piece of your fortune and this will erode your tranquility and make life a nightmare. The mansion and the ostentatious toys will be fun at first but eventually you will adapt to your newfound wealth and life will again seem ordinary and boring. A guy at my gym today actually suggested that he was going to buy more tickets for the lottery tonight because things have been tough at work and sales are down. I didn’t have the heart to unload on him with my depressing diatribe, so I’m punishing you all instead. Just remember that fulfillment comes from achievment and spending wealth that you’ve earned is far more rewarding than just praying you’ll win some pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Good luck — I hope you win despite my misgivings on the so-called poor man tax.

BS Detector

March 25th, 2011
6:46 pm

I call BS. He just happens to find it on the day that it is set to expire? I highly doubt that. I think he just wanted a good story to tell.

BBro

March 25th, 2011
7:18 pm

Believe it or not I play the same 6 numbers for the mega & power ball & not long ago you could only play them for 10 picks on different days. We went to Fl. & never though about updating my numbers & they came in on April Fools Day 4/1 for 135 mil. & my ticket run out the pic before. Needless to say I was not feeling all that great.

miles

March 25th, 2011
7:24 pm

rawdog you’re an idiot. if you read the last name you could tell the person wasnt of asian decent.Irving Przyborski doesnt sound like an asian name to me. please read the caption under the picture that says the recipient probably looked like this. You’re a racist tool.

Toby

March 25th, 2011
7:58 pm

“Uncle Sam’s cut”? What is this, 1930? haha, joking… it’s a stupid charactisation of a nation telling of unjust white male supremacy anyway.

Comic Book Store Guy

March 25th, 2011
8:12 pm

Toby,
Worst. Comment. Ever.

J-Rad

March 25th, 2011
8:21 pm

Good for, the losers will now houng him

J-Rad

March 25th, 2011
8:22 pm

Good for him, I wouldn’t give except to church, relatives that wouldn’t beg for it and a few good friends.

wYLd hAiR

March 25th, 2011
8:43 pm

While we’re giving lottery advice, you don’t ever need to buy more than 1 ticket. You cannot buy enough tickets to significantly change your odds of winning… unless you already have $150,000 or more to spend buying tickets!

W2

March 25th, 2011
9:37 pm

M=1,000
MM=1,000,000

rosesrpink2

March 26th, 2011
12:35 am

Must be nice.

Chris

March 28th, 2011
3:10 pm

I heard an interview with this dude today on the Free Beer and Hot Wings radio show. He actually wasn’t excited at all he said and he still hasn’t bought anything yet…

Cscs

April 6th, 2011
2:18 pm

J-Rad, what is houng? Can’t spell, and doesn’t know how to use spellcheck.

Pam

April 6th, 2011
4:12 pm

I picked up a $10 lottery ticket that somebody had bought and scratched and left on the kiosk where you fill out lottery forms and saw that they had not scratched one of the areas. It was a symbol to “win all”. That $10 was worth $100. So I’ve started my little version of dumpster diving. Picking up scratched tickets that people have thrown away. Amazing how many people don’t realize they’ve won something.

Ticktock

April 6th, 2011
4:23 pm

@Miles; thank you, my sentiments exactly!