Man Finds $1M Scratch-Off Lotto Ticket in Pile of Leaves

No one else stepped forward to claim the ticket

   

money in leaves Man Finds $1M Scratch Off Lotto Ticket in Pile of LeavesLast year, Marvin Rosales Martinez made a very lucky find while using a leaf blower to clear fallen leaves.

Martinez noticed a scratch-off lottery ticket among the leaves he was clearing in October 2012. He took the “Win $1,000 a Week for Life” scratch-off ticket to lottery officials on Nov. 9, 2012 on New York’s Long Island, which had been battered by Superstorm Sandy just weeks before, CNN notes.

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After taxes, Martinez, who opted for a lump sum payout, will receive $515.612.

Lottery officials conducted an investigation to confirm that the scratch-off ticket was indeed valid and that Martinez was the scratch-off ticket’s proper owner. Scratch-off lottery tickets are considered “bearer instruments,” meaning that whoever holds the ticket has the right to obtain the prize.

Still, when a winning scratch-off ticket has been found, the lottery usually waits a year before giving the prize to the scratch-off ticket’s finder.

After the investigation, the lottery located no reports of lost of misplaced winning scratch-off tickets. Officials said they could not identify any reasons that the scratch-off ticket did not belong to Martinez and no one else stepped forward to claim it.

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