If ever your teenager neded some motivation to tidy up their squalid pit, show them this story – it might make them a fortune.
Ryan Kitching, 19, finally succumbed to his mum's nagging to tidy his bedroom – and discovered a Lottery ticket worth £53,000 underneath the piles of junk.
In fact, he almost threw it out, but thankfully decided to get it checked while he did mum Susan's shopping.
Now he is planning a boys' holiday to Majorca – but found time to post a tribute to his mum on Facebook.
"Special thanks to mum for putting up with me haha!" he wrote.
Ryan, from Midlothian, Scotland, discovered that he had picked five balls plus the bonus from the February 8 draw, netting him £52,981.
"My room needed a good clean. My mum had been nagging me for a good couple of weeks," he said.
I had just got back from the gym. She wasn't even home at the time, but I knew I'd be in trouble if I didn't clean it up.
"There was loads of washing up which I hadn't put away, and my Xbox games were lying everywhere."
As he walked away, a friend shouted after him saying he had "won big".
"I had to phone up Camelot and the woman was asking me lots of questions and I just wanted her to get to the point. It just felt like it was taking an eternity," he said.
"When I gave her the last number of the serial code, she said I had won £52,981. I just couldn't believe it. "
My dad has been throwing some ideas out there. He wants me to put the deposit down on some property, then maybe rent it out.
"But I don't want to move out just yet - I still get my tea cooked here!"
teenager tidies bedroom and finds lottery ticket worth £52,000 parentdish.co.uk/2012/03/02/tee... and his name? Ryan Kit-ching! You couldn't make this up!
- Simon Beasor (@Writerbeez) March 2, 2012
Ryan revealed that the money will also be some consolation after he was dumped recently by his girlfriend.
"She'll be sad she finished with me now but I'm glad," he said. "At least I'll be able to enjoy the money for myself now and treat myself, for a change.'
"It's a great charity and I'm planning on donating some of the winnings to them."
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