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Man Throws Away $1.25M in Winning Lottery Tickets

The Pennsylvania Lottery confirmed that 25 winning Quinto tickets were sold. Each was worth $50,000, for a total of $1.25 million.

The man bought 25 winning Quinto tickets, but threw them away.
The man bought 25 winning Quinto tickets, but threw them away.
The odds were not in his favor.

A Pennsylvania man won $1.25 million -- and threw the winning tickets away, NBC is reporting.

The tickets were purchased in March 2013 at Zhou Grocery in York, The York Daily Record said. Wendy Hinton, who works at Zhou, said the man played the same numbers every day. And those numbers won, on March 13, 2013, the Daily Record and NBC said.

The Pennsylvania Lottery confirmed that 25 winning Quinto tickets were sold at Zhou. Each was worth $50,000, for a total of $1.25 million.

But the man, whose name wasn't released, misread the winning numbers that day, and tossed his valuable tickets.

Lottery prizes must be claimed within one year, so the clock on the $1.25 million prize ran out on March 13, 2014.


The Truth April 15, 2014 at 12:05 AM
"Truth is a Dope" probably would have used his winning ticket for rolling papers...
SA April 15, 2014 at 07:09 AM
Unbelievable. Should have had someone else look at the tickets.
John Child April 15, 2014 at 08:41 AM
What's worse? Throwing away the winning ticket? or everybody KNOWING that I threw away the winning ticket? Reminds me of the dumb joke about the old man who went to church every day to pray to win the lottery... after years of constant prayer day in and day out finally a voice came from out of the sky commanding him: "You Gotta Buy A Ticket!!" Or in this case the punch line would be: "Don't Throw Away The Ticket!!"
jessmcginley April 15, 2014 at 10:27 AM
My office has a lotto pool going and even when I see that our tickets haven't won, I scan them into the lotto machine the next day just to be sure. Measure twice, cut once.
Gary April 15, 2014 at 01:52 PM
I could swear I've heard where the lottery awarded the money to someone in the same situation somehow. I suppose that no one disputed their claim at that time.

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