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Man threw away $1.25 million worth of lottery tickets

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YORK, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man mistakenly threw $1.25 million worth of winning lottery tickets in the trash.

The guy, it goes without saying, was pretty upset.

"Wouldn't you be," said Wendy Hinton, who works at Zhou Grocery on South Queen Street in York.

On March 13, 2013, she sold 25 Quinto tickets — numbers 4-3-4-1-8 — to one of her regular customers, a man who, at the time, lived a couple of blocks from the corner store. She remembered because he played the same numbers every day — their significance, not known — and always bought a bunch of tickets with the same numbers — sometimes 20, other times 25 — among his daily lottery purchases that totaled about $100 a day.

Shortly after the drawing, she said, the man checked the numbers, but must have misread them and threw the tickets in the trash.

The 25 tickets were worth $50,000 each — $1.25 million total.

"He was mad," Hinton said of the day he found out that he threw away more than a million dollars. "He was so mad he played $400 that day."

It had been a mystery what happened to the tickets. The Pennsylvania Lottery put out a news release back in February, warning whoever held the tickets that they had until March 13 to cash them in, figuring that the person may have tucked them away in a kitchen junk drawer or had them in a wallet or pocketbook and hadn't bothered to check them.

The truth was slightly different.

"Oh, no," lottery spokeswoman Lauren Bottaro said. "Wow."

Bottaro said the lottery hates for tickets to go unclaimed and said this instance emphasizes the importance of players checking their tickets.

The $1.25 million jackpot will now remain in the state Lottery Fund.

Lottery players are usually pretty diligent about checking their tickets. Bottaro said Unclaimed tickets are very rare, composing maybe 1 percent of the number of tickets sold in the state.

"We do what we can" to notify winners, Bottaro said. "But sometimes, it's just not enough."

York Daily Record, Lottery Post Staff

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Posted: April 13, 2014, 9:17 am - IP Logged

Dumb...LOL

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    Posted: April 13, 2014, 9:52 am - IP Logged

    I have the hardest time, trying to understand people who go out of their way to buy lottery tickets and not check them. I have seen where the numbers have been posted on the television or computer sites wrong or late, but the numbers are soon corrected.

    Hold on to your tickets for at the least, a couple of days and RECHECK THEM!!!

    Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

    Peace be with you!!

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      Posted: April 13, 2014, 9:54 am - IP Logged

      $100 in 1 day on tickets.......$400 in 1 day......  dont you have bills to pay ?   lol

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        Posted: April 13, 2014, 10:00 am - IP Logged

        Poor guy. That's so unfortunate. No need to dance on this guy's grave.

        Hmmm...I wonder if he checked the tickets with one of those ticket scanners, and it said, "Sorry, not a winner..." Those things have been known to give false negatives.

        Just goes to show, always KNOW your numbers, and check and re-check if you are even close to dealing with a large amount.

        Funny the clerk knew the numbers all this time but never clicked tell him?

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          Posted: April 13, 2014, 10:05 am - IP Logged

          He must have been so use to losing that he felt when his numbers came up, that just couldn't be right.

          Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

          Peace be with you!!

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            Posted: April 13, 2014, 11:29 am - IP Logged

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              Posted: April 13, 2014, 11:30 am - IP Logged

              Speechless.  I feel sorry for that guy.

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                Posted: April 13, 2014, 11:57 am - IP Logged

                What a shame to read this story. A lesson for all of us.Disapprove

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                  Posted: April 13, 2014, 2:59 pm - IP Logged

                  Ding Cuckoo,

                  Eastern PA LOL

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                    Posted: April 13, 2014, 3:04 pm - IP Logged

                    what did he say? I couldn't understand it.

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                      Posted: April 13, 2014, 3:07 pm - IP Logged

                      Speechless.  I feel sorry for that guy.

                      Yup, my worst fear. A nightmare.

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                        Posted: April 13, 2014, 3:13 pm - IP Logged

                        You really cannot feel sorry for a man who doesn't check his  tickets. Miss Fortune sure knows who to pay a visit to. 

                         

                        PA Lottery Quinto Evening Winning Lottery Numbers!

                        Quinto

                        Evening Drawing
                        03/13/13
                        Winning Numbers: 4  3  4  1  8

                        $1 Straight bet pays $50,000.00
                        $1 Boxed bet pays $850.00
                        25 winners of $50,000 
                        64 winners for a total of $1,277,300.00

                        It's a futile effort.

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                          Posted: April 13, 2014, 3:18 pm - IP Logged

                          Ding Cuckoo,

                          Eastern PA LOL

                          Type nice to know your have company eh , DP1

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                            Posted: April 13, 2014, 4:36 pm - IP Logged

                            I would have a hard time looking at myself in the mirror if I basically threw away that much money. Unhappy

                            "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."