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Pickling Up Trash Pays As Couple Find Winning Lottery Ticket

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A couple picking up trash along a roadside found a winning scratch-off lottery ticket that led them to a $1,000 jackpot.

Ronnie and Tina Abbott said they found a lottery ticket worth $15 Sunday while picking up garbage along a Clinton County road near Frankfort, about 55 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

The next day, they cashed in that ticket at a local store and bought one that turned out to be a $1,000 winner.

"It does pay to pick up trash," Tina Abbott said.

She and her husband haven't decided how they'll spend their winnings.

During their trash collection excursion, the couple also found three unopened cans of Billy Beer, a failed brand endorsed by former President Jimmy Carter's late brother, Billy Carter.

"That tells you how often it's cleaned out there," Tina Abbott said.

The couple collected 13 bags of trash and six tires over five hours Sunday. Tina Abbott said they decided to clean up the roadside because they grew tired of seeing the trash when they drove to and from their home.

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Posted: April 21, 2007, 12:03 pm - IP Logged

I often find discarded scratch-offs that win maybe $3 or $10 because people rush through them when they buy half the roll. One time I found a Crossword with a few missed words that won $15. But the ticket I bought with it at ELE7VEN paid nothing.

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    Roslindale, MA
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    Posted: April 21, 2007, 2:34 pm - IP Logged

    I once found an UNSCRATCHED $2 ticket lying on the ground in Boston City Hall Plaza - it turned out to be a $20 winner (unfortunately I couldn't turn it into $1000...)

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      Posted: April 21, 2007, 3:48 pm - IP Logged

      I well deserved reward.  I can't stand litter.

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        Posted: April 21, 2007, 3:53 pm - IP Logged

        That Billy Beer unopened is valuable to a beer can collector.

        LOL

        MAGA

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          Posted: April 21, 2007, 6:30 pm - IP Logged

          That Billy Beer unopened is valuable to a beer can collector.

          LOL

          Of course if it ever gets opened they might have to send in a HAZMAT team...Cheers

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            Posted: April 21, 2007, 7:13 pm - IP Logged

            I once found an UNSCRATCHED $2 ticket lying on the ground in Boston City Hall Plaza - it turned out to be a $20 winner (unfortunately I couldn't turn it into $1000...)

            I've actually won $150 when MegaMillions had that record jackpot a few weeks ago and turned it into $0 by buying more lottery tickets.

             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
               
                         Evil Looking       

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              Posted: April 21, 2007, 7:48 pm - IP Logged

              I've actually won $150 when MegaMillions had that record jackpot a few weeks ago and turned it into $0 by buying more lottery tickets.

              No Pity!

              I know what you mean.  That's why I don't go to casinos any more.  I'd have piles of pretty chips in front of me and they were all gone when I left the table.

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                Posted: April 21, 2007, 7:58 pm - IP Logged

                That Billy Beer unopened is valuable to a beer can collector.

                LOL

                Turned out to be not as valuable as I thought.

                http://www.rustycans.com/billy.html

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                  Posted: April 22, 2007, 1:22 am - IP Logged

                  Congrats to the Abbotts on their jackpot.

                  ... the lottery never fails to surprise!
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                    Posted: April 22, 2007, 3:11 am - IP Logged

                    No Pity!

                    I know what you mean.  That's why I don't go to casinos any more.  I'd have piles of pretty chips in front of me and they were all gone when I left the table.

                    That's not the Casino's fault..

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                      Posted: April 22, 2007, 3:55 am - IP Logged

                      That's not the Casino's fault..

                      Who said it was the casino's fault?  Is it the lottery's fault when someone wins $150 and spends it on tickets and loses as RJOh described? 

                      What is your problem, Guesser? 

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                        Posted: April 22, 2007, 10:41 am - IP Logged

                        I tend to think what something is worth is you can find someone to pay you for it.  I've found on Ebay, alot of people bid stuff up to ridiculous prices in some cases, more than any collector guide gives.  I've seen used electronics items on Ebay bid up to near or even higher than the price of a new unit of the same item that I could buy from an online store or at a store locally.  In other words, if they could find someone who doesn't know better to bid on those items on Ebay, they could make some money.

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                          Posted: April 23, 2007, 12:00 am - IP Logged

                          ..........Wow, returning from pathmark one evening I purchased some scratch off's out the vending machine.....One I had won 10 dollars and put it inside my coat pocket, since I was on the bus heading home.......got off the bus and couldn't find it nowhere........

                           .............About 2 months later, coming out of another pathmark, I purchase a dollar scratch and a $2 scratch.....I get to  the subway bench and place my groceries down and pull the dollar scratch out of my pocket and I go to work.....I notice this woman sitting there paying close attention to all my actions .....the train pulled in and nearly everyone boarded, but I noticed the woman stayed on the bench.....I got on the train  sat down, went in my pocket to get my $2 dollar ticket to scratch and low and behold It was not there...... I'm sure she saw the ticket fall from my pocket and sat there hoping I didn't realize until I got on a train.........WHICH I DID!!!