Oregon store employees dig through trash to help find winning $1,200 lottery ticket
PORTLAND, OR — A store supervisor at an area lottery store in southeast Portland, Oregon, went above and past to help a buyer who’d misplaced their winning ticket.
Last week, Mary Peabody’s husband Larry got here house with a large marvel.
“He left for work and then he came home and handed me the ticket and said ‘put this in a safe place, and it’s for you,'” Peabody stated.
It was once a $1,200 winning lottery ticket her husband purchased on the Lucky Spot store at Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street.
But the couple’s winnings have been too top to redeem inside the store, so Peabody says they went to Wilsonville to money it.
But after they pulled out their envelope the place they concept it was once, the ticket wasn’t there that day. They searched far and wide and could not find it.
So, they returned to the Lucky Spot, hoping by way of mere probability the store nonetheless had it.
“She said ‘it’s not here I don’t have it,'” Peabody stated. “So she said maybe somebody will look for it in the garbage tonight. We’re never going to find this ticket, so at that point we wrote it off.”
That’s when Manager Deana Thompson took her efforts to an entire new degree by way of dumpster diving to find the ticket.
“Went through everything and we just brought all the trash in and we lined it up on the outside and brought some inside and started going through it one by one,” Thompson stated.
In mounds of all that rubbish, they in the end discovered the needle in a haystack.
“It was a lot of hours, but yeah,” Thompson stated. “For 48 hours when I had the ticket waiting I was just so excited I couldn’t wait to see her.”
Peabody was once ready to money in that $1,200 winning ticket.
“She didn’t have to do anything for us, she didn’t have to go through the garbage and look for this ticket and if she did find the ticket she could’ve kept it. She’s an honest, lovely person,” Peabody stated. “Like my husband said, it’s like we won the lottery twice.”
The couple was once surprised by way of the fantastic act of purchaser provider.
But Thompson says she had no 2d ideas about what she did that day to help them find their winning ticket.
“I would do it again, I would do it for any customer,” Thompson stated.
Peabody says she and her husband are the usage of the cash for an upcoming go back and forth for her husband’s birthday.