FINDING a misplaced lotto ticket has changed the lives of one Queensland family forever.
The winning ticket was bought at the Supanews Underwood store in December last year, but the hard-working mother only just came forward to claim her $1.4 million prize.
She said she put the ticket in her purse after buying it, and had forgotten about it.
"I still can't believe it," she said.
"I noticed a sign up in the newsagency after the draw in December saying they'd sold a big winner so I went in and checked a few weeks' worth of tickets at once, but didn't win a thing on them.
"It wasn't until I rifled through my purse again that I found one ticket hidden in the back, and that was the one worth $1.4 million."
Speaking to lotto officials, the woman said she was looking forward to paying off some of her bills.
"I'm looking forward to being debt-free now," she said excitedly.
"It is something that has weighed on my mind for some time.
"I'll be able to work fewer hours and spend more time with my children."
But the money won't all go towards paying off bills, with the mother stating she and her family would like to purchase their own home with some of their winnings.
"We'll be looking into buying a house now, one that's not in a flood zone," she said.
"I'll speak to a financial advisor about how we can invest some of the money as well, possibly in more real estate."
The woman's teenage daughters have already put in their request to go on a shopping spree with some of the winnings.
Their mother has agreed to splash out some of the money to celebrate now, but said she planned to use the rest of the winnings wisely.