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Posted: February 12, 2009, 10:57 am - IP Logged

Found a $50  ticket in the garbage, would like to know if anybody else checks tickets that have been thrown away, I have found several winners that people have overlooked and thrown away, just another way to make alittle money. Anybody esle found any??????

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    Posted: February 12, 2009, 1:00 pm - IP Logged

    I haven't found any winners......but at the tobacco mart I go to when I "slow play" scratcher tickets, I do look in a box that sits next to the place where you fill out play slips, scratch tickets, etc. that they have for throwing away tickets (and just tickets, no other trash).  One time I *thought* I saw a snowman symbol on a $5 Merry Money ticket in that box (snowman = all 15 prizes)....but it turns out it was the number 8 (it's a "get x symbol and win, get y for 5x, z for all prizes"-type game).

    I have found a bunch of tickets that once-upon-a-time could be mailed off for a monthly drawing, put stamps on them, and mailed them off (beats paying $20 for each.....got an entry for basically the price of a stamp for each one).  No luck....but I'll take a cheap chance to win in a second-chance drawing any day rather than shelling out $20 for a losing ticket and then mail it off. Smile

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      Posted: February 12, 2009, 1:15 pm - IP Logged

        One time last year, I fished a few out of the in-store throw away, box   for second chance drawing.

                     I hooked a Strike it Rich, where there was a little bonus scratch on the side, someone overlooked,

                                   It won $15 dollars,     No luck for me on second chance though.

         I don't really do scratch-offs,  so I thought it would be cool to win second chance, even though I don't buy them. 


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        Posted: February 12, 2009, 9:33 pm - IP Logged

        Sometimes I fish tickets out of the trash to use as receipts for taxes.I won $4 once.

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          Posted: February 12, 2009, 10:50 pm - IP Logged

          Oh nice! Good find! I like the tickets that you can mail in for a second chance drawing.

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            Posted: February 12, 2009, 11:49 pm - IP Logged

            I've fished out at least a few hundred - but now folks are emptying the bins early in the morning and taking them home in the hampton roads area of va to check the trash... NC is a lil harder due to nc not putting win codes on their cards - this helps NC 2 fold 1. people miss winnings all the time 2. people can't self-verify a winner... Luck All, Pogo

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              Posted: February 13, 2009, 12:11 am - IP Logged

              Found a $50  ticket in the garbage, would like to know if anybody else checks tickets that have been thrown away, I have found several winners that people have overlooked and thrown away, just another way to make alittle money. Anybody esle found any??????

              I haven't found any, but congrats on your find!

              "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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                Posted: February 14, 2009, 9:51 am - IP Logged

                Correction - Few hundred dollars worth not few hundred winning tickets... I think my biggest find was 1 ticket for like $25 & $2 - 2 tickets together... Later, Pogo

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                  Posted: February 20, 2009, 9:01 pm - IP Logged

                  Apparently, the word is out.  Just try to find a few stray "throwaways" in the trash cans at your local supermarket.   Chances are the kids employed at these places (and adults, too, I'd imagine) have ransacked the cans at the first sign of a discarded scratch off or two.   Yep, these are some bad times we're living in.  I must admit I am a little disappointed to see those spotless trash bins when I stop to buy a ticket.

                  The last few visits I made to a store that has one of those instant lottery machines out in the lobby I noticed the wastebasket sitting across from the machines.  Every single time the can was freshly lined with a new bag and not a speck of trash was present. 

                   Hmmm.  I can see it now:  Emptying the garbage at these places has become one of the most sought-after jobs.  The kids are probably getting into fisticuffs over whose turn it is for "trash duty."

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                    Posted: February 23, 2009, 1:31 pm - IP Logged

                    Found a $15 winner on giant jumdo bucks sunday in trash can, somebody must have went thur their paycheck or something the can was full of giant jumbo tickets and they missed a $15 winner.

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                      Posted: February 23, 2009, 2:10 pm - IP Logged

                      I remember the time when I found a lottery scratch-off ticket on the ground.I picked it up and this lady that seemed to come from nowhere,grabed that ticket and helled on to it like it was for a millon dollars.It turned out that the ticket wasn't worth anything.If that ticket was a winner,we would have fought like cats and dogs.

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                        Posted: February 25, 2009, 8:16 pm - IP Logged

                        Once found a $100 winner left right on a counter in a store. Always look, practice your humility and you never know. Also found a $40 and a $10 in the same small trash container. Happens....

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                          Posted: February 25, 2009, 10:05 pm - IP Logged

                          I have got in the habit of looking everytime I stop and get my lottery stuff, was talking to a guy today about tickets in the garbage and he said last year he found a $500 jumbo bucks ticket and the girl working the counter said she was there when he found it, now that is NICE!!!!!!!!