We’ve all been there: searching for something important and realizing we tossed it out and deemed it trash by accident. Maybe it was a pair of keys, or an important doctor’s note – regardless, it was something we wouldn’t want to lose.
Fred and Lesley Higgins of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, almost had that happen earlier this month thanks to a local shop clerk. And it almost cost them over $75 million.
The retired couple bought a ticket for Camelot’s EuroMillions Lottery, and Fred, 67, brought their ticket to a store to check if he won.
He described what happened next:
“I handed the ticket over and the young man put it through the machine, telling me it wasn’t a winner. He ripped the ticket in two and threw it into the bin, as they would with all non-winning tickets.”
Sounds like the average disappointing lotto lose, right?
Once the employee ripped up the ticket and tossed it, a message was printed out, that told Fred he needed to hold on to his ticket and call Camelot.
Fred grabbed the ticket out from the trash can, called and officials double-checked that the ripped ticket was his. It was confirmed to be the winning ticket!
“I wasn’t ever concerned that we wouldn’t get the money as I knew it was an honest mistake – it just had to be looked at to make sure everything was correct.”
What are the odds of that?
— The National Lottery (@TNLUK) August 2, 2018
Twitter seemed delighted for the couple and congratulated them on a blissful retirement.
$75 million on top of a retirement fund doesn’t sound all that bad to me!
Pleased for them! Nice to hear about some good luck for fellow Scots!
— Liz (@whichliz) August 2, 2018
Happy retirement to them hope they enjoy it
— tony whittingham (@BigtWhittingham) August 2, 2018
Well done and good luck to them xx
— Nellie (@HmcgheeHelen) August 2, 2018
People also asked if the couple needed any new family members, in hopes of getting their hands on a couple million bucks.
There’s more where that came from though, right?
I can be your new adopted son pic.twitter.com/4xQcT212S8
— (@D4ve0) August 2, 2018
I’d lost touch with dear old uncle Fred & aunt Lesley… coincidentally I’m travelling all around Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire this weekend, it will be so nice to renew our friendship!!
— DavLav (@Dave_Lavender) August 2, 2018
This isn’t the first time someone has almost thrown a winning ticket in the bin. Back in April in Macomb County, Michigan, a man saved a scratch-off ticket that his wife almost tossed and double checked it.
Said ticket ended up being good after all and earned the couple a whopping $2 million:
Sometimes, it pays – literally! – to double-check tickets.
Husband saves $2M lottery ticket after woman nearly tosses it in trashhttps://t.co/cLY0Etm729
— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) April 6, 2018
Joseph and Joanne Zagami of North Attleborough, Massachusetts, also tossed their ticket, but decided to dig it out of the trash can last-minute to check if they’d won. And, turns out, they had!
The couple won a million dollars off the scratch-off ticket.
It came in good timing, because the couple was facing issues with a broken refrigerator, which made them cancel their vacation.
From Trash to Treasure: Couple Wins $1 Million on Lottery Ticket in Garbage http://t.co/TXghCQqgle
— ABC News (@ABC) July 28, 2013
The lesson here? Double-check your tickets before tossing them out.
Odds are slim, but who knows?
You might end up transforming what was almost trash to treasure, like these three couples did.