Transcript for Retired Illinois Pastor Finds Winning Lottery Ticket
It involves a retired pastor, who decided to do some house cleaning. There he is. And that's when he found an old lottery ticket. Abc's tanya rivero is here to tell us what happened next. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. Who hasn't dreamt of getting one of those oversized checks with lots of zeros on it? One charming and utterly deserving illinois couple just got one with six zeros. When you hear where the ticket was hiding, you might think it was heaven sent. Now, they're celebrating. To our health. Reporter: But lottery winners, ron and kathy yurcus nearly missed their million dollar moment. The chaplain bought his ticket two months ago and promptly forgot about it. It was on my dresser for a few weeks. But it made its way down to my office. Reporter: His messy desk held buried treasure. A stash of old lottery tickets. One instantly made him a millionaire. I was bowled over when I saw what it was. I would have liked to have screamed. But nobody was home. Why waste a good scream? Reporter: Kathy was in disbelief. 1 million? Okay? Reporter: But that euphoric moment pales for this pius pair wh their priorities straight. Saying I do to her was the better moment. Reporter: Now, after spending much of their lives caring for others, the couple can look forward to their retirement. I know you married me for my money. Duh did you know it would take 45 years to get it? Reporter: And sharing the A dream list of charities we plan to donate to. Reporter: There's been an outpouring of congratulations from folks who say it couldn't have happened to better people. I don't feel that that's true. But that has been a gift. Reporter: Aren't they great? The yurcuses, are taking a lump sum payment. If he had one more number, his prize would have been $50 million. He has no regrets. Saying that kind of money can
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