Good Samaritan returns lost $50M lottery ticket

Hakeem Norisu and wife Abiola Hakeem, of Brampton, claim their $50-million Lotto Max prize at the...

Hakeem Norisu and wife Abiola Hakeem, of Brampton, claim their $50-million Lotto Max prize at the OLG offices in Toronto on Monday, June 2, 2014. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)

Shawn Jeffords, QMI Agency

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TORONTO — Hakeem Nosiru held $50 million in his hands — and then it was gone.

The Greater Toronto Area’s newest multimillionaire could hardly believe it when he checked his Lotto Max ticket in January. He ran through the aisles of the convenience store shouting for joy and crying after it was confirmed he'd won the jackpot.

Nosiru gave the ticket to his wife to keep in her purse. Sometime after they went to church the next day, it disappeared.

"I haven’t slept since,” Nosiru said Monday as he and his wife of 29 years, Abiola, finally collected their prize. "I couldn't sleep for days. I couldn't eat. I was devastated.”

Ironically, Nosiru was so concerned about losing the ticket the previous day that he put it in an envelope and duct-taped it to his stomach. He gave it to his wife because he was still afraid he would misplace it.

He said when he found out she had lost it, he wasn't mad — it was in God's hands.