A Virginia woman turned her trash into treasure, literally, after she realized she threw away her winning $110,000 lottery ticket.
Mary Elliot panicked after learning she matched all five numbers in the CASH 5 with EZ Match game but had thrown out her winning ticket, the Virginia Lottery said in a press release last week. Thankfully, after digging through the garbage, she found it.
When she took the ticket to claim her prize, she ran into another problem: The barcode wouldn't scan because of coffee stains.
Luckily for Elliott, lottery officials were able to confirm her prize, and she walked away $110,000 richer.
“When I saw I’d won, I couldn’t stop shaking to save my life!” she said, according to the release.
She bought the ticket in February at a Food Lion grocery story in Dillwyn, using numbers that were important birthdays.
The chances of matching all five numbers to win the $100,000 jackpot are 1 in 749,398, according to the release.