St Helena woman rummages through trash looking to win $260,000 Instant Scratch-Its ticket

Lottery winner is forced to chase through her garbage can after throwing away her $260,000 ticket

  • A Saint Helena woman accidentally threw away her $260,000 Scratch-Its ticket
  • The woman threw her $5 Live the Life ticket in the trash because she thought she’d lost
  • Her eagle-eyed friend saw the ticket in the trash and told her she won
  • With the top prize, she will receive $1,000 per week for the next five years










A lottery winner is forced to rummage through her trash can in a desperate pursuit of her fortune after throwing away her $260,000 scratch card.

The young Saint Helena resident accidentally threw her $5 Live the Life ticket in the trash because she thought she’d gotten lucky with a prize.

“My boyfriend recently surprised me and brought me some cards home, and one of them was this card,” she said.

A lottery winner was forced to rummage through her trash can to find her winning $260,000 scratch card after thinking she’d lost

“When I first scratched it, I thought it won’t win anything, so I just threw it in the trash.”

But her eagle-eyed friend saw the ticket in the trash and realized she’d won the top prize of $260,000.

“I didn’t believe a word he said. I assumed he was just kidding me, or it was some sort of novelty ticket,” she said.

At first, the woman thought her boyfriend was kidding her, but the woman had to read the instructions on the back of the card three times before the victory dawned on her.

The winning ticket was purchased from Aqueduct News and Lotto and now guarantees the woman $1,000 a week for the next five years.

Still in shock from the win, the Saint Helena woman said it was a fantastic surprise just before Christmas.

Saint Helena woman will now receive $1,000 a week for five years after she won the top prize of the $5 Live the Life ticket

Saint Helena woman will now receive $1,000 a week for five years after she won the top prize of the $5 Live the Life ticket

‘I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet. I’m still okay with the news,’ she laughed.

“But I think we’re definitely going to use it to buy a house!”

This fiscal year, there were 176 instant Scratch-it wins, totaling over $14.7 million in top prizes.

Scratch-its players have won over $274.31 million across all prize tiers, representing over $750,000 in prize money won every day.

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