Man Throws Out Lottery Tickets Worth $1.25M

Pennsylvania lottery nut must have misread the numbers: store clerk
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2014 2:06 PM CDT

A Pennsylvania man is kicking himself right about now. Last month, he bought 25 Quinto lottery tickets that won $50,000 each—or $1.25 million total—but never claimed them, probably because he misread the tickets, the York Daily Record reports. "He was mad," said Wendy Hinton, who works at the grocery store where the tickets were bought. "He was so mad he played $400 that day." The man, unnamed by the Record, lived a couple of blocks away and bought about $100 in tickets per day using the exact same numbers—either 20 or 25.

The Pennsylvania Lottery had been wondering what happened to those tickets, since only about 1% go unclaimed. "Oh, no," said a lottery spokeswoman when she heard. "Wow." The Lottery had sent out a release saying whoever owned the tickets had until March 13 to claim the winnings. In other Pennsylvania lottery news, a man will have to face charges for allegedly stripping naked and causing a ruckus when told he was too late to buy tickets at an Allentown convenience store, the Morning Call reports. Police say he then tried to rob a store across the street and was chased out by employees, into the arms of arriving police officers. (More lottery stories.)

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