Virginia woman realizes she’s won the lottery after trashing her ticket


Sometimes you don’t know what you have until it’s gone – or, in this case, thrown away.

Mary Elliot of Buckingham County, Virginia panicked after realizing she had won a state lottery game on February 24, but had already thrown the ticket in the trash.

“When I saw that I had won, I couldn’t stop shaking to save my life!” she said in a Virginia Lottery statement Tuesday.

She immediately began digging through her trash for the Cash 5 EZ Match game, which she found riddled with coffee stains. In fact, the ticket was in such poor condition that the barcode was not scanned to confirm his victory.

Fortunately, West Virginia Lottery prize area officials in Henrico were able to verify that Elliot had found all five winning numbers in the lottery draw and awarded him the top prize of $110,000.

Cash 5 EZ Match is a rolling jackpot lottery game. The odds of matching all five numbers to win are 1 in 749,398, said Virginia Lottery.


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