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Couple rescues lottery ticket from trash, wins $1M

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A Massachusetts couple has won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket they dug out of the trash after inadvertently throwing it away.

The state lottery commission says Joseph and Joanne Zagami of North Attleborough bought the $5 ticket from a vending machine while grocery shopping.

They stuck the ticket in a bag and forgot about it.

The next day, Joseph Zagami asked his wife if she had scratched the ticket. She hadn't. They dug through the trash and found it.

The couple claimed their prize Wednesday, opting for the one-time lump sum payment of $650,000 before taxes and $455,000 after. They plan to pay off their mortgage and other bills and take a vacation.

To get the full amount they would have needed to claim the prize over 20 years.

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helpmewin's avatar - dandy
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Posted: July 26, 2013, 3:59 pm - IP Logged

A Massachusetts couple has won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket they dug out of the trash after inadvertently throwing it away.

The state lottery commission says Joseph and Joanne Zagami of North Attleborough bought the $5 ticket from a vending machine while grocery shopping.

They stuck the ticket in a bag and forgot about it.

The next day, Joseph Zagami asked his wife if she had scratched the ticket. She hadn't. They dug through the trash and found it.

The couple claimed their prize Wednesday, opting for the one-time lump sum payment of $650,000 before taxes and $455,000 after. They plan to pay off their mortgage and other bills and take a vacation.

To get the full amount they would have needed to claim the prize over 20 years.

Hat close one. Congrats to the Winners

    sully16's avatar - sharan
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    Posted: July 26, 2013, 4:07 pm - IP Logged

    Thats cool, Congrats

    Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

    For a lead role in a cage?

     

                                                From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

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      Keokuk,Iowa
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      Posted: July 26, 2013, 6:07 pm - IP Logged

      I thought this story was gonna be another one of those "I found a scratched lottery ticket in a convenience store trashcan & it was worth a million dollars" stories and ten or twelve other people claimed they threw it away by mistake and are sueing to get it back.

      Looks like the lucky couple deserve a BIG CONGRATULATIONS for winning a million dollars,though.CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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        Posted: July 26, 2013, 6:47 pm - IP Logged

        Congratulation to the winnersThumbs Up

        I Love Pink & Green 1908

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          Posted: July 26, 2013, 9:03 pm - IP Logged

          Congrats to the new millionaires.

          Guess Who's Back?

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            Posted: July 26, 2013, 10:35 pm - IP Logged

            Congrats to the new millionaires.

            They are not millionaires.

            The couple claimed their prize Wednesday, opting for the one-time lump sum payment of $650,000 before taxes and $455,000 after.

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              Posted: July 26, 2013, 11:35 pm - IP Logged

              They are not millionaires.

              The couple claimed their prize Wednesday, opting for the one-time lump sum payment of $650,000 before taxes and $455,000 after.

              Quite so.
              It seems Dumpster diving is alive and well, and paying off handsomely.
              Congrats.

                rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                Posted: July 27, 2013, 12:04 am - IP Logged

                A Massachusetts couple has won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket they dug out of the trash after inadvertently throwing it away.

                The state lottery commission says Joseph and Joanne Zagami of North Attleborough bought the $5 ticket from a vending machine while grocery shopping.

                They stuck the ticket in a bag and forgot about it.

                The next day, Joseph Zagami asked his wife if she had scratched the ticket. She hadn't. They dug through the trash and found it.

                The couple claimed their prize Wednesday, opting for the one-time lump sum payment of $650,000 before taxes and $455,000 after. They plan to pay off their mortgage and other bills and take a vacation.

                To get the full amount they would have needed to claim the prize over 20 years.

                I could make up a waaaaaay better story than they did.

                I mean that was pure boilerplate stuff.

                I think my tale would begin in the outhouse out back and would involve a vicious badger living under the outhouse seat who balances himself on the edge of the abyss while snapping at anything that might be hanging through the hole into his abode. It's a man's worst nightmare. Well... it's certainly my worst nightmare. 

                And also a Raven who lives in the upper recesses of the privy who likes to steal paper. Whether toilet paper, newspaper, loose leaf, it makes no difference to him. He just grabs any paper he sees and flies away with it to God knows where and comes back without it.

                How the lives of these two interlopers intertwine with mine to bring about the loss of my jackpot winning ticket and weave the miraculous chain of events leading up to it's return and resultant death-defying car chase to the Lottery Office with only seconds to spare will leave the Lottery Officials, the Media and legions of lottery afficionados spellbound, shaken to the very core of their beings, devoid of the will to reason and quite frankly, exhausted.

                It may well be the best b*llsh*t "lost my lottery ticket" story ever told.

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                  Posted: July 27, 2013, 12:17 am - IP Logged

                  I could make up a waaaaaay better story than they did.

                  I mean that was pure boilerplate stuff.

                  I think my tale would begin in the outhouse out back and would involve a vicious badger living under the outhouse seat who balances himself on the edge of the abyss while snapping at anything that might be hanging through the hole into his abode. It's a man's worst nightmare. Well... it's certainly my worst nightmare. 

                  And also a Raven who lives in the upper recesses of the privy who likes to steal paper. Whether toilet paper, newspaper, loose leaf, it makes no difference to him. He just grabs any paper he sees and flies away with it to God knows where and comes back without it.

                  How the lives of these two interlopers intertwine with mine to bring about the loss of my jackpot winning ticket and weave the miraculous chain of events leading up to it's return and resultant death-defying car chase to the Lottery Office with only seconds to spare will leave the Lottery Officials, the Media and legions of lottery afficionados spellbound, shaken to the very core of their beings, devoid of the will to reason and quite frankly, exhausted.

                  It may well be the best b*llsh*t "lost my lottery ticket" story ever told.

                  Great story rdgrnr...sick as hell...but still a great story!

                    rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                    Posted: July 27, 2013, 12:26 am - IP Logged

                    Great story rdgrnr...sick as hell...but still a great story!

                    Danke.  Big Grin

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                      Posted: July 27, 2013, 10:47 am - IP Logged

                      They are not millionaires.

                      The couple claimed their prize Wednesday, opting for the one-time lump sum payment of $650,000 before taxes and $455,000 after.

                      that's exactly what I was thinking.  Really blows the ticket says $1 million but after taxes it's less than half of that.  but hey, it's more than what they had before they scratched the ticket!

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                        Posted: July 27, 2013, 11:09 am - IP Logged

                        that's exactly what I was thinking.  Really blows the ticket says $1 million but after taxes it's less than half of that.  but hey, it's more than what they had before they scratched the ticket!

                        I Agree!

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                          Posted: July 27, 2013, 11:10 am - IP Logged

                          Danke.  Big Grin

                          You're welcome.

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                            Posted: July 27, 2013, 4:13 pm - IP Logged

                            You're welcome.

                            Gern geschehen.