Peter Dushop could be called a procrastinating millionaire.
Dushop, 24 years old, is a realtor. Approximately a year ago, he won a $3.6-million Lotto jackpot. But he waited until Monday – three weeks before the deadline to come forward – to claim his winnings.
“I just really needed some time to think about how this will affect me and the people around me,” Dushop said in a news release. “I’m still kind of in shock.”
Come on, I know that’s a lot of money, but “still in shock” a year later?
Dushop put his winning ticket in a safe-deposit box while he pondered exactly how to handle this change in his life. By doing so, he has lost almost $100,000 in interest that he would have earned during that time if the money had been in a bank account.
However, Dushop said he isn’t too worried about the lost interest income.
“I definitely thought about the interest,” he said, “but in relation to the overall prize I thought it was worth taking the time to just come to terms with everything.”
Could you wait a year before claiming your lottery winnings?