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Scottish Teenager, Ryan Kitching, Finds Winning Lottery Ticket After Mother Tells Him To Clean His Room

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There's a good reason to listen to your mother when she tells you to clean your bedroom -- you never know what you might find hidden in there.

After being ordered to clean his messy room, 19-year-old Ryan Kitching of Midlothian, Scotland, discovered 12 old, unchecked lottery tickets, and one won him £52,981 (approximately, $83,900 USD).

"My mum had been nagging me for weeks to tidy my room so I started cleaning and found a pile of old tickets," he told the Telegraph, adding he was about to throw them out, but had a strange feeling he should check the numbers. Kitching checked the tickets at the supermarket where he works and discovered he'd been sitting on a winning ticket for nearly a month.

"I am totally speechless -- it was the happiest day of my life easily," he said. "Next time she nags me to tidy my room I won't need telling twice."

The teen joked that his father had been playing the lottery for years and never won more than £50 ($79 USD), so he's jealous of his son's big win.

"[My dad] wants me to put the deposit down on some property, then maybe rent it out," he told the Mirror. "But I don't want to move out just yet. I still get my tea cooked here."

He may not be planning of moving out of his parents house yet, but Kitching has a few ideas of what he'll do with his winnings, which he said would take him four or five years to earn at his job.

Kitching told the Telegraph he plans to help his young brother, Sean, 16, buy a car and he wants to treat his parents to a vacation.

The cash is also some consolation for the teenager who told the Mirror he was recently dumped by his girlfriend. "She'll be sad she finished with me now," he said. "At least I'll be able to enjoy the money for myself now and treat myself, for a change."

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