$50,000 Powerball Ticket Nearly Lands Up In The Trash

A Michigan Powerball lottery player nearly made the fatal mistake of throwing her winning Powerball lottery ticket worth $50,000 in the trash, thinking it was worthless.

Delaine Passucci

Delaine Passucci, 47, was lucky enough to successfully match four main Powerball lottery numbers required to win a huge Powerball tiered prize but was almost unable to claim the $50,004 at her local grocery store.

Ms Passucci purchased the Powerball ticket at a Kroger store in Pinckney. When she went back to the store to double check if the ticket had won anything, the machine appeared to be malfunctioning.

Thankfully, she tried to check the ticket again a weeks later. Experiencing the same issue with the machine, she nearly decided to throw it away.

"It's been a roller coaster since I bought this ticket! I went from thinking I had a bad ticket, to thinking I won some money, to find out I won some real money," Passucci said.

"I had a few tickets for that Powerball drawing, and the self-scanner wouldn't tell me if it was a winner," Passucci said.

"I stuck the ticket back in my wallet and decided I'd try to scan it again later. When I did, the same thing happened so I tucked it away again."

Just before tossing the Powerball ticket away, she thought she would get the store clerk to scan the ticket for her.

"I was just about to toss it in the garbage when I decided to have the clerk scan it for me. When she told me I'd have to go to the Lottery office to claim my prize, I realized I'd won too much for the self-scanner to give me a prize amount!" Passucci said.

Ms Passucci claimed her winnings on Friday and said she plans to share some of the money with her church and save the rest.

Imagine finally winning a huge lottery prize and then losing the ticket? What a nightmare!

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