Couple’s $75.5 Million Dollar Ticket Torn In Half And Thrown In The Trash By Store Clerk

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?

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!

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?

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.

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. 

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. 

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