One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that iscertainly the case for Long Islander Marvin Rosales Martinez.
In October, 2012, the landscaper was cleaning up after Superstorm Sandy when he discovered a scratch-off lottery ticket under a pile of leaves. He first brought the ticket to a 7-Eleven, but when the store couldn’t verify it he went straight to the state lottery office in Long Island which confirmed it was a $1 million winner.
A lottery spokesperson said that in such cases of “finders, keepers” the practice is to wait one-year before awarding the prize in case someone else tried to claim the jackpot. And that one-year finally came due last week.
Martinez decided to go for the lump-sum payment, which after taxes came out to $515,612. Sounds like it was worth the wait!