One Month Later, New York Player Finds Ticket Worth $1 Million

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So John Barron III of Norfolk, St. Lawrence County, New York, buys a Powerball ticket.

The ticket is worth $1 million.

But Barron does not know it.

Here is the rest of the story: The 54-year-old claimed his prize at the Lottery’s Syracuse Customer Service Center on June 3rd, more than a month after he purchased the winning ticket.

I found my ticket tucked inside a folded playcard, recounted Barron. It was a shocker, to say the least!

A poker room supervisor at the Akwesasne Indian Casino, Barron said he’s not the kind that checks the winning numbers after each drawing.

I’ve been busy with home renovations, he explained. It wasn’t until I went to get my playcard to use it again that I saw the ticket in there.  Even then, Barron said he was unaware of his good fortune.

I scanned my ticket [at a Lottery retailer] and I saw “BIG WINNER’ and thought I won maybe $50.

More like $1 million.

Check your tickets everyone, before throwing them away, or putting them away to check another day. Check. Check. Check.


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