A Richford man who threw out a lottery ticket he’d been given for Christmas pulled it out of the trash and cashed it – winning $650,000.
Steven LeClair got the ticket for the Dec. 24 Tri-State Megabucks drawing as a gift from his mother. But it was in a gift bag that LeClair threw away, not knowing it was inside.
Vermont Lottery spokeswoman Hadley Melendy says LeClair’s wife found out two days later that the only winning ticket had been sold at Mac’s Richford Market, so he went through a trash and found it.
New Hampshire and Maine also participate in Tri-State Megabucks.