Man incredibly thankful for double checking old lotto scratch-off already in the trash

June 27, 2018 5:24 pm Last Updated: June 27, 2018 5:24 pm

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That’s never been more literally true than it was for a Louisiana man recently, in a story sure to send you searching through your garbage cans.

A family member of Bryan Cureington, from Monroe, recently purchased a Louisiana Lottery scratch-off from the Muse Food Mart.

They purchased a “Make My Year” ticket for $10. One of a family of games that includes “Make My Day” and “Make My Week,” “Make My Year” has the highest potential jackpot of $200,000.

However, it seemed that it wasn’t their lucky day. After scratching off the card, Cureington’s relative saw it wasn’t a winner and threw the card in the trash.

But when Cureington saw it, something told him to give it a second look.


It turned out to be the best decision he’s ever made. As luck would have it, his family member was too hasty in throwing the ticket away.

The scratch-off was actually a winner—worth $200,000!

It was the game’s first jackpot winner. Cureington cashed the ticket, which after taxes earned him $142,000, according to a press statement from the Louisiana Lottery.

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It’s a remarkable story of a fortune nearly missed out on. There is no word on how Cureington used the money, or if he split the winnings with the ticket’s original owner—hopefully he gave them something despite their mistake.

But either way, let this be a reminder: if you’re going to play the lottery, always double-check your tickets before throwing them out.