50 mil canadian lottery check

Ontario (Canada) Lottery and Gaming Corp. Senior Vice President of Lottery Greg McKenzie presents Hakeem Nosiru and his wife Abiola with a cheque for $50,000,004 at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto, Monday, June 2, 2014

*Whoa! Talk about a rollercoaster of emotions.

That’s what a Toronto area couple had to endure when their  lottery ticket worth $50 million went missing only to be found and returned by a person at their church.

Here’s what HuffPost Canada is reporting:

Hakeem Nosiru won the Jan. 17 Lotto Max draw and was one day away from claiming the money when the ticket, which he duct-taped to the inside his wife’s purse for safekeeping, was missing after they attended church.

That sparked a frantic search of their Brampton home, with garbage bins being upended and their contents picked through piece by piece, an effort that left Nosiru and his wife empty handed and feeling “miserable.”

But that despair turned to joy after a fellow member of the congregation discovered the ticket and reunited it with them on April 1 — saying “April fools” — a return made possible because Nosiru signed the ticket with their address.

But the saga wasn’t over yet, as Nosiru gave the ticket to … well, to out what happened next, click over to HuffPost Canada.