NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (July 26, 2013)—Joseph and Joanne Zagami of North Attleborough, Mass., won $1 million with a scratch-off lottery ticket they dug out of the trash after inadvertently throwing it away.
The state lottery commission says the Zagamis bought the $5 ticket from a vending machine while grocery shopping, stuck it into one of the grocery bags and forgot about it.
The next day, Joseph Zagami asked his wife if she had scratched the ticket. She said no, so they dug through the trash and found it mixed in with the discarded grocery bags.
The couple claimed their prize Wednesday, opting for the one-time lump sum payment of $650,000 before taxes.
They plan to pay off their mortgage and other bills, and to take a vacation.
To get the full amount they would have needed to claim the prize over 20 years.