Employee accidentally tosses $150,000 lottery ticket in the trash

Written by Henrik Rothen

Sep.08 - 2023 8:44 PM CET

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A costly mistake that turned into a stroke of luck.

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Imagine winning a lottery ticket worth $150,000, only to accidentally throw it away. That's exactly what happened to an employee at a convenience store in Denmark according Nyheder24.dk.

"It's still fresh in my memory. The young man at the kiosk checks my ticket, and his screen shows that the prize is over 5,000 kr. For some reason, he keeps the winning ticket and throws it away," recalls the winner, who has chosen to remain anonymous.

When he got home and went online to claim his prize, he realized he had left something very valuable at the store. "It was a bit traumatic because I hadn't noticed that I needed to take the winning ticket home to redeem it online," he said.

He quickly informed his wife about the mishap and rushed back to the store within three minutes, only to find out that the trash can containing his million had been emptied.

"I find the guy who had thrown out the trash bag and ask him to bring it back. Then it gets dumped on the floor in the middle of the bakery section. So there we are, me and two young workers, digging through the trash to find my winning ticket," he laughs.

After several intense minutes of digging, they found the ticket, which stood out because it was the only one with the word 'anvis' on it.

Although everything ended happily and he got his prize, he can't help but wonder what would have happened to the valuable ticket if he hadn't made it back to the store in time.

"It was both funny and a little scary. Can you imagine if they had a shredder or something, and he had just thrown the ticket into it, and it got shredded?" he laughs, relieved that the trash bag only made it to the back room.

As for the prize money, he has big plans.

"This weekend, our children and grandchildren are coming over for warm buns. We've invited them on a vacation, and we'll discuss where to go. We've traveled together before, where everyone paid for themselves, but this time we're treating," he says with a smile.

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