Imagine buying a lottery ticket from a store and then realising that you have won the jackpot? The euphoria must be something out of this world. But once you’ve stopped screaming and shaking, you will realise that the ticket in hand is worth a fortune and if you lose it or misplace it or worse yet someone steals it, your dream life could disappear. So where do you hide it until you can go and lay claim to your lottery fortune? Here a few really awesome ideas…
Matching all the winning lottery numbers to win the jackpot is just the start of your new life as a multimillionaire, but before can transfer your prize into your bank account, you have to go through the claims process.
This is a pain-free process that gets done pretty quickly.
During this period though, you will be in possession of an extremely valuable slip of paper. For online lottery players who are also purchasing lottery tickets at the corner shop, here are a few places to hide your ticket:
In a jar in the kitchen
Some people prefer keeping their winning lottery ticket in a place where the cat cannot play with it and at the same time in a place where things normally go to be attended to at a later stage.
In 2017, Amo Riselli won £24.5 million on the UK Lottery. At first, he had no idea that he had matched all the winning lottery numbers to win the jackpot. Due to the fact that Riselli occupation was that of a taxi driver, he kept the ticket in his glove compartment in his taxi.
Eventually, he went into the store where he had bought the ticket. The shopkeeper scanned the slip and confirmed that he had won the jackpot.
It was at this point that Riselli realised that keeping the winning lottery ticket in his car worth £24.5 million was not an option at all. He needed a new place to stash the precious lottery ticket until he could go into the Lottery Headquarters and claim his life-changing jackpot win.
It was his 80-year-old mum that came to his rescue, placing the ticket in a glass jar in her kitchen cupboard. Naturally, they all regularly checked to see if it was still there.
Once he claimed the prize he told lottery officials that he had plans to buy a mansion with a swimming pool and jet off to Las Vegas.
Keep Your Ticket Under Your Pillow
We’ve all heard about people hiding money under the mattress but do they really? In a recent survey a surprisingly large number of people from all corners of the globe, actually, believe the best place to keep a valuable or a delicate slip of paper is under their pillow!
EuroMillions lottery winner, Annie Showell from Scunthorpe, double-checked her EuroMillions lottery numbers in bed before falling asleep. She discovered that she had won £1 million on the Millionaire Maker prize in May 2017.
The now rather rich grandmother decided not to wake her husband and slid the winning EuroMillions lottery ticket under her pillow for the night.
Speaking to lottery officials at a press conference after claiming the prize she admitted that she did, in fact, suffer an understandably restless night with constant thoughts about what she was resting her head on.
Over the years there have been various other lottery winners who have also admittedly hid their winning lottery tickets under their pillows. They include a New Zealand Powerball winner who won NZ$8 million and Michael Liddy of Canning Town in London, who won £4.9 million on Lotto in 2002.
In your handbag
Preston North End fullback Kevin O’Connor won €1 million on the Christmas Millionaire Raffle in Ireland.
The lottery ticket was a gift from his godfather for Christmas.
It was only when he received a call from this parents, to double check the ticket as there had been a winner, that he remembered the ticket. However, he didn’t have a clue where he had put it.
Thankfully, his girlfriend Chloe O’Leary had tidied it up and eventually remembered its location. They checked the numbers and realised that they had won the jackpot!
As he had been named in the matchday squad for the Lilywhites clash against Middlesbrough, he couldn’t claim the ticket the following day but the couple did hatch a plan to keep the ticket safe.
Instead of taking the chance and leaving the winning lottery ticket at home, Chloe sat through the game with the ticket in her bag.
She was clutched her handbag so hard to her chest, that someone sitting close by said, ‘You love your bag today don’t you?”
Damaged or lost lottery tickets
Although these winners successfully kept their winning lottery tickets safe and finally claimed their prizes, the truth is, and we’ve heard of these unfortunate stories every now and again, that losing your paper ticket or damaging it can easily happen.
Although the Lottery can investigate your claim, there is no guarantee they will pay out, so you should always sign the back of the entry and keep it in a safe, memorable place.
Ingenious hiding spots
If you know it’s going to be a while before you can go into the lottery offices to claim your prize and you prefer to keep your winning lottery ticket as close to you as possible, you might want to take a look at the following ingenious hiding spots.
There’s nothing wrong with a bit of extra protection when it comes to keeping your life-changing lottery ticket safe.
For those that cannot afford to purchase the most expensive safe on the market, you can actually hide your things strategically around the house and burglars will never find them. This doesn’t even have to be for a lottery ticket. It could be for an expensive piece of jewellery, cash or any other valuable that you want to keep extra safe.
Researching the subject we found so many clever ways to hide all your little valuables.
Cash in the Door
You can actually create a great hiding place for cash in the top of any interior door. You just have to drill a hole and insert a metal tube that will keep cash and smaller items out of view. This is a great place to hide jewellery and anything relatively small and you can stash away some extra cash to save for a rainy day.
Oversized artwork gives you the opportunity to create great looking art on your walls and hide your electronics at the same time. Flat screen televisions can now turn into mirrors to hide the fact that it’s, in fact, a high-end television set.
Make Your Own Hide-A-Key
Hollowed out rocks can be purchased for hiding your spare key but you don’t necessarily have to spend money to keep that key secure. You can just glue a real rock to the top of a small plastic bottle, like an old prescription bottle and then bury the bottle so that just the rock is showing. Plastic rocks look so fake but this one will fool even the most intelligent criminal because it is actually a real rock.
Floating Shelf with Secret Storage
The floating shelf looks great because it gives the impression that it’s floating on the wall. What you can then do is add the secret drawer for storage. This is an ingenious way to hide your stash. The bottom of the drawer drops open to give you room to store just about anything you want.
Picture Frame Hidden Storage
Whether you want a picture of your family or a great piece of art hanging on your wall, you can use that large picture to hide a hidden medicine cabinet. Just install the medicine cabinet in the wall and then cover it with the picture. No one will ever believe that you have storage behind the print and you can use this anywhere in the home.
Hidden Jewellery Box
One of the most important things to hide is your jewellery box to keep those valuable gems safe. You just have to have or build a small jewellery holder and then hide it behind a relatively large picture. You can build up the frame on the picture so that no one knows there is actually jewellery hidden behind it.
You read that right. You can actually buy a small safe that looks exactly like a head of lettuce. You just keep it in the fridge and hide your most prized possessions in it. This would be a great place to hide your winning lottery ticket. This particular safe is extremely cost-effective, unlike actual safes that burglars look for in cupboards or walls. The last place they will look for a safe will be in the fridge. Even if a burglar looks inside your fridge, he is not likely to think about looking inside the lettuce.
Hidden Bookcase Storage
No one would ever guess that behind that built-in bookcase is a storage area where you can keep your valuables safe. You can easily create a storage space that you hide with a bookcase. When you need to retrieve the item, you just pull the bookcase out and then push it back when you are finished.
Secret Storage Sofa
You can build your own sofa and put some extra secret storage in it at the same time. Whether you need a new sofa for the living room or you want something for a sitting room, this is a great sofa and the fact that it has secret storage is just icing on the cake.
DIY Hollow Book
We’ve all seen those old hollowed out books in movies that people use for storage but no one actually makes one. Which is why this novel and cheap idea is brilliant. You can pick up an old book (if you don’t have one to use already) at most bookstores really cheap and then you just have to hollow out the inside for keeping your valuables safe.
Bathtub Hidden Storage
If you have a tub that is encased, you can use the encasement to create hidden storage. No burglar would ever think to look under or around your bathtub for valuables and this is a great way to keep things organized as well. You just create little storage areas in the wooden base of the tub.
Hidden Stairway Storage
Having a secret storage area on a random step in your stairway is also an easy and cost-effective way to hide your valuables. Burglars will be too busy climbing the stairs to find your bedroom safe than stop and look to see if the back of the step holds a secret hiding space.
Bathroom Tile Storage
You can create hidden storage in your bathroom by simply removing a tile or two and making a hole. You then replace the tile and you have the perfect place to hide valuables that no burglar would ever think about looking in. You just have to remember which tile is the secret hiding place.
The Problem With Hiding A Lotto Ticket
The problem with some of these obscure ‘safe’ places is that people can sometimes hide their tickets so well that they forget where the hiding place is. Can you imagine anything worse than losing out on a massive lottery win because you can’t find your ticket?
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Playing the lottery online
To avoid all this worry, you should play your favourite lotto game online. By doing so, your tickets are held digitally, so can never be lost.
You will additionally receive an email confirmation with your transaction I.D. and all the relevant information regarding your lottery purchase.
In the event that you win a prize, your results mailer that you receive immediately after the draw will inform you not only of the winning lottery numbers in the draw, you purchased tickets for, but it will also reflect any matches you may have acquired.