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RI man nearly throws away $50,000 Powerball ticket

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By Todd Northrop

A Johnston, Rhode Island, man nearly threw out a Powerball ticket worth $50,000.

The Rhode Island Lottery Commission said that the man, who asked not to be publicly identified, bought the ticket back in February.  He found the ticket in his car and was about to throw it away, but a friend stopped him and told him to check it just to be sure.

The ticket — matching four numbers and the Powerball — was from the Feb. 3 drawing. Such a ticket is worth $50,000.

"When he checked the ticket, he was surprised to learn it was a $50,000 winner," the Rhode Island Lottery Commission said. "He said he is still in shock and does not have any immediate plans for the money won."

The ticket was sold at Park Wine & Spirits on Park Avenue in Cranston.

The state lottery also said a Powerball ticket worth $30,000 is about to go unclaimed.

The ticket was sold Sept. 16, 2015, at Clements' Marketplace on East Main Road in Portsmouth.

Players have a year to claim prizes. The ticket must be turned in by 4 p.m. Sept. 16.

Unclaimed prizes go into the state's general fund.

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amber123's avatar - OpIFNim

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Posted: September 10, 2016, 10:15 pm - IP Logged

Wow !

Imagine if his friend wasn't there. He should give him a good portion, because if it weren't for his friend, there was a 99% chance it would have been thrown away.

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    Posted: September 10, 2016, 11:29 pm - IP Logged

    I Agree!

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      Posted: September 11, 2016, 12:03 am - IP Logged

      Good for him, but why do you even leave a ticket in the car that long in the first place?

      Must be a B.J.O.P.  (big jackpot only player)  Green laugh

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        Posted: September 11, 2016, 12:57 am - IP Logged

        Good for him, but why do you even leave a ticket in the car that long in the first place?

        Must be a B.J.O.P.  (big jackpot only player)  Green laugh

        The jackpot for Feb 3 was $116 mil

        Speaking of which no one hit Saturday. It's now up to $222 mil / $150.4 cash

        The Meatman

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          Posted: September 11, 2016, 1:59 am - IP Logged

          Wow !

          Imagine if his friend wasn't there. He should give him a good portion, because if it weren't for his friend, there was a 99% chance it would have been thrown away.

          I Agree!

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            Posted: September 11, 2016, 3:29 am - IP Logged

            I Agree!

            Smile

             If the friend is a close friend then he will probably be included in any celebrations.

            Congratulations to the winner!

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              Posted: September 11, 2016, 3:36 am - IP Logged

              It must have been out of the summer sun; otherwise the ticket may have become defective unless they've fixed that problem with those type of paper.

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                Posted: September 11, 2016, 3:59 am - IP Logged

                Let's just call this what it is: sheer stupidity. If you are in good health, and smart enough to buy lottery tickets but lazy and stupid enough not to check them, and you lose out on your windfall, that one is on you. Where can you get a job that pays you $50,000 for approx. 3 mins of work{the time it took you to purchase the ticket}? Check your tickets often but you know that already.

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                  Posted: September 11, 2016, 5:51 am - IP Logged

                  Crazy to bad he had a good friend to cover his 6

                   

                  I love it when a prizes go unclaimed cause of fat heads like this

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                    Posted: September 11, 2016, 6:59 am - IP Logged

                    I'm glad he got to claim his prize. I think I would cut my friend in on a little something for his
                    50,000 dollar advice.

                    "know your limitations, but excede your expectations"

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                      Posted: September 11, 2016, 10:30 am - IP Logged

                      If post tax was about $25G, my friend would be getting about $10G.

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                        Posted: September 11, 2016, 11:31 am - IP Logged

                        If post tax was about $25G, my friend would be getting about $10G.

                        thats a fair amount given the circumstances.

                        "know your limitations, but excede your expectations"

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                          Posted: September 11, 2016, 5:22 pm - IP Logged

                          That would've been a wasted ticket right there. That's a good story right there.

                          I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the Powerball to win the largest Powerball Jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars!

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                            Posted: September 11, 2016, 5:33 pm - IP Logged

                            How can anyone buy a lottery ticket and not check it the very next day?

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