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Scottish Teen Hits Jackpot by Cleaning His Room

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Ryan Kitching is one teenager who will never again complain about having to clean his room.

When the 19-year-old from Midlothian, Scotland, succumbed to his mom’s nagging to clean out his bedroom in his parent’s home last month, he found not only dirty laundry and food crumbs, but 12 old lottery tickets buried among the piles.

One of them, it turned out, was a winner that made Kitching, a part-time supermarket worker, $83,781 richer.

“It would take me four or five years to earn this amount of money, and now I’ve got it all at once,” Kitching told the London newspaper The Telegraph. “I am totally speechless – it was the happiest day of my life easily.”

Kitching told the paper he was about to throw the tickets away in the throes of his cleaning spree when he got a “strange feeling” that he should keep them instead.

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