Woman Panics When She Realizes Her Trash Was Actually Treasure

A Virginia woman won $110,000 in the state lottery back in February but had already thrown the ticket in the trash when she found out.

Mary Elliot, who lives in Buckingham County, Virginia, “panicked” after she realized she’d won the lottery, but had thrown the ticket out in the trash. Elliot immediately began digging through her trash until she found the Cash 5 EZ Match ticket, which had been drenched in coffee and the barcode wouldn’t scan.

Elliot purchased the ticket at her local Food Lion supermarket in Dillwyn, according to a press release from the Virginia Lottery. Her winning numbers were 6-13-18-21-25, which she chose based on important birthdays in her life.

“When I saw I’d won, I couldn’t stop shaking to save my life,” Elliot told Virginia Lottery officials. The lucky winner was able to confirm her win after she took the ticket to lottery officials at Virginia’s Lottery Prize Zone in Henrico.

Elliot’s odds of winning with all five numbers on the Cash 5 EZ Match game were one in 749,393 according to the Virginia lottery.

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