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Oregon store employees dig through trash to help find winning $1,200 lottery ticket

Jun 25, 2019, 6:32 am

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PORTLAND, OR — A store manager at a local lottery shop in southeast Portland, Oregon, went above and beyond to help a customer who'd lost their winning ticket.

Last week, Mary Peabody's husband Larry came home with a big surprise.

"He left for work and then he came home and handed me the ticket and said 'put this in a safe place, and it's for you,'" Peabody said.

It was a $1,200 winning lottery ticket her husband bought at the Lucky Spot store at Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street.

But the couple's winnings were too high to redeem within the store, so Peabody says they went to Wilsonville to cash it.

But when they pulled out their envelope where they thought it was, the ticket wasn't there that day. They searched everywhere and couldn't find it.

So, they returned to the Lucky Spot, hoping by mere chance the store still had it.

"She said 'it's not here I don't have it,'" Peabody said. "So she said maybe somebody will look for it in the garbage tonight. We're never going to find this ticket, so at that point we wrote it off."

That's when Manager Deana Thompson took her efforts to a whole new level by dumpster diving to find the ticket.

"Went through everything and we just brought all the trash in and we lined it up on the outside and brought some inside and started going through it one by one," Thompson said.

In mounds of all that garbage, they eventually found the needle in a haystack.

"It was a lot of hours, but yeah," Thompson said. "For 48 hours when I had the ticket waiting I was just so excited I couldn't wait to see her."

Peabody was able to cash in that $1,200 winning ticket.

"She didn't have to do anything for us, she didn't have to go through the garbage and look for this ticket and if she did find the ticket she could've kept it. She's an honest, lovely person," Peabody said. "Like my husband said, it's like we won the lottery twice."

The couple was stunned by the amazing act of customer service.

But Thompson says she had no second thoughts about what she did that day to help them find their winning ticket.

"I would do it again, I would do it for any customer," Thompson said.

Peabody says she and her husband are using the money for an upcoming trip for her husband's birthday.

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music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
Fresno, California
United States
Member #157849
August 2, 2014
3959 Posts

Congratulations to Larry & Mary Peabody! Did they overturn everything in their home?

 $1,200.00 is a nice sum.

 Thanks to Manager Deana Thompson! 

 Was there a party after all this? Party

 "We are all in this together!" 

    United States
    Member #163182
    January 22, 2015
    2987 Posts

    My favorite, a feel good story.


    Too bad those type of tickets aren't capped out @ $1199 to avoid the Federal tax!

      CDanaT's avatar - Nolz june15.jpg
      Central TN
      United States
      Member #121187
      January 4, 2012
      6325 Posts

      A happy ending to an otherwise story about not properly securing your tickets. Congrats to Mary & Larry. Great effort by Deana T. Thumbs Up

      Integrity: There is no substitute.

      "If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals . . . recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last."

        * In hot pursuit of $ *
        White Shores- California
        United States
        Member #136471
        December 12, 2012
        6830 Posts

        That must have been a dumpster with paper products only, cause that ticket is looking rather clean. No pepperoni, red sauce or coffee grains on that thing. What a find!

         * Voice of Reason *   

        * People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.