Massachusetts woman throws away $1M lottery ticket and the store gives it back to her

A Massachusetts woman nearly made an expensive error. While on a break at work, Lea Rose Fiega went to a Lucky Stop convenience store in Massachusetts to try her luck at the $30 Diamond Millions scratch-off game.

After scratching what she thought were all the boxes, Fiega quickly gave up and gave her ticket to the clerk to throw away.

“I was in a hurry, on lunch break, and just scratched it real quick, and looked at it, and it didn’t look like a winner, so I handed it over to them to throw away,” Fiega said.a person holding a sign: Lea Rose Fiega of Springfield won the $1 million prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s “Diamond Millions” instant game on March 30. Lea Rose Fiega of Springfield won the $1 million prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s “Diamond Millions” instant game on March 30.

Lea Rose Fiega of Springfield won the $1 million prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s “Diamond Millions” instant game on March 30.

The ticket would lay inside of a trash can for 10 days until it was discovered by Abhi Shah, the son of the store’s owner. He noticed that one of the boxes wasn’t scratched and after clearing the final box, he realized what he had on his hands.

“I scratched the number and it was $1 million underneath the ticket,” he said.

Fiega frequents the store often and Shah knew that the ticket was hers so he made his way to her office to tell her that she just won a life-changing sum of money.

“He came to my office and said, ‘my Mom and Dad would like to see you,’” Fiega said. “I said, ‘I’m working,’ and he said, ‘no you have to come over.’ So I went over there and that’s when they told me. I was in total disbelief. I cried, I hugged them.”

“I mean, who does that?” Fiega added. “They’re great people. I am beyond blessed.”

While the store will be receiving $10,000 from the state lottery commission for selling a winner, Fiega also donated a portion of her winnings to the family. The rest of her prize is going straight to her retirement fund.

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