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Louisiana man rescues $200,000 lottery ticket from the trash

By Ben Hooper
Bryan Cureington said he almost wasn't able to collect his $200,000 lottery jackpot after a family member threw his winning ticket in the trash. Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Lottery
Bryan Cureington said he almost wasn't able to collect his $200,000 lottery jackpot after a family member threw his winning ticket in the trash. Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Lottery

May 24 (UPI) -- A Louisiana man who won a $200,000 jackpot said he had to rescue the winning ticket from the trash after it was thrown away by a family member.

Bryan Cureington, 35, of Monroe told Louisiana Lottery officials that a family member scratched off his $10 Make My Year lottery ticket for him and tossed it in the garbage when they determined it wasn't a winner.

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Cureington said he rescued the ticket, purchased from the Muse Food Mart in Monroe, from the trash to double-check it and discovered it was a $200,000 top prize winner.

The lucky winner went home with $142,000 after state and federal tax withholdings.

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