Guy Finds $20 on Street, Ends Up With $1M

Uses money he found to buy winning lottery scratcher
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 31, 2015 1:40 PM CDT
Scratch-off tickets are shown.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

(Newser) – A San Francisco Bay Area man won $1 million in the California Lottery after buying a winning ticket with money he found at the airport. Hubert Tang had not bought a lottery ticket in 10 years, but when he found a $20 bill on the street outside San Francisco International Airport last week, he used it to buy two scratch-off tickets at a market in Millbrae, the California Lottery said yesterday. One of those tickets led to the $1 million top prize. "I scratched the ticket outside of the store. I told my friend who I was with that I didn't know if it was real but, 'I think I just won a million dollars,'" Tang said in a statement.

He also has a second chance to win up to $25,000 for the other ticket he purchased that was not a winner. (As the California Lottery explains in a press release, all non-winning "scratcher" tickets can be entered into a weekly drawing for a chance to win additional prize money.) Lottery officials said the store will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket last Wednesday. Tang, who works as a bartender, plans to save the money for now—but he says he may begin leaving $20 bills on the street in random places to spread his good fortune. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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