Trash Talk: Maryland Player Retrieves $30,000-Winning Lottery Ticket from the Garbage


In a book I recently wrote (to be released next week) I told the story of a dumpster diver. A retailer who jumped into a dumpster to find a lottery ticket he knew was worth thousands of dollars. Good ending: this honest retailer gave the ticket to a regular customer whom he knew bought the ticket and then threw it away.

Something almost similar happened recently in Maryland.

A Hagerstown man retrieved his $30,000 winning lottery ticket from the trash. This happens more often than you might think, so check your tickets twice before tossing them, OK?

Jamie Davis will think twice before throwing away any scratch-off tickets before checking them.  After scratching eight “Blackout Bingo” scratch-offs tickets, the Hagerstown man didn’t think he had any winners and proceeded to throw them in the trash at the store. 

Luckily, the lotery clerk was wise, and told him that he should check them first, so Jamie took them out of the trash to have them scanned.  That was probably one of the best decisions he has ever made since one was a $30,000 winner.

If I don’t think they are winners, I always throw them out, the 34-year-old told Lottery officials. I can’t imagine how many other winners I’ve thrown away. 

The win came at a good time “ the Excavator is currently unemployed.  With his winnings, Jamie will make payments on his motorcycle and put the rest in the bank.  His mother, who accompanied him to Lottery headquarters, had one other request, He should take us out for a nice steak dinner!   

Tuesday night’s Mega Millions jackpot is $30 million.
Wednesday night’s Powerball jackpot is also $30 million.
And Friday night’s Euro Millions jackpot is 28 million euros. About $34 million, U.S.

Good luck players. And check those tickets.


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