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Maybe this is a case of one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?
Well, not exactly. But one landscaper's discovery IS making him a whole lot richer this week!
Marvin Rosales-Martinez was cleaning up after Superstorm Sandy hit his Long Island hometown hard in 2012.
That’s when he came across a damp scratch-off lottery ticket hidden in a pile of leaves!
Turns out, the ticket was a $1 MILLION winner!
He promptly turned it in to lottery officials who told Marvin he would have to wait a full year before collecting his prize! Spokesperson Lee Park explained how the state handles cases of “finders keepers,” saying:
"In instances such as these it's standard practice for the lottery to require a one-year waiting period before awarding the prize in case anyone else comes forward.”
Marvin’s luck didn’t run out though and after 365 days, he’s now fla-hushed with caaaaaaash!
He opted to take the lump-sum payout of $515,612 after taxes!
We’re so happy to hear a story like this come out of an area that was so devastated!
Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to start looking in piles of leaves for lotto tickets!
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