Retired hospice chaplain cleans out desk, finds $1 million lottery ticket

Warning: this story might inspire you to clean out your desk.

Ron Yurcus, a retired hospice chaplain, had a winning Powerball ticket on his desk since August — he just didn't know it.

A few weeks ago, the 68-year-old Glen Ellyn, Illinois, man decided to clean up his home office.

"About 12 tickets had accumulated on my desk, and I decided to tidy up to make room for my new computer," Yurcus said in a news release. "I checked the winning numbers on the Illinois Lottery website and just about screamed when I saw that I won."

Yurcus and his wife, Kathleen, will have to split the $1 million prize with another winner.

He says he plans to invest some of his winnings, share some with their children and grandchildren, travel to Lithuania — "My grandparents came from there and I've always wanted to go," he told the Illinois Lottery — and donate to charities, including their church, a local homeless food pantry and missions.

"My wife and I have always donated our time and energy to various charities," Yurcus said in the news release. "Now, because of this lottery win, we can donate financially as well."