Decatur resident Gregory Jarrett, 26, found a winning $1 million Powerball ticket while cleaning his room.
Photo: Georgia Lottery
Photo: Georgia Lottery

Man cleans room, finds $1 million lottery ticket

This should get a few people to tidy up their house.

Decatur resident Gregory Jarrett, 26, found a forgotten, winning $1 million Powerball ticket while cleaning his room.

“I was sitting on the ticket and didn’t even know it,” Jarrett said. 

Jarrett matched the first five winning numbers in the Jan. 15 drawing and claimed his prize Feb. 18.

He bought the ticket at the Northside Food Mart in the 500-block of 548 Northside Drive N.W.

He used his siblings' birthdays when selecting the winning numbers.

“I called for my mom, and I walked toward her, shaking,” he recalled. “She verified it, and at that point, we hugged.”

Jarrett said he will pay off bills with the winnings. 

Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is an estimated $60 million to a single annuity winner. The Mega Millions game is up to $216 million for Friday's drawing.

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