View Full Version : Man agrees to share $1 million ticket from trash

08-27-2006, 01:31 AM
An 83-year-old man who found a winning $1 million lottery ticket in the trash has settled a suit by the family of the man who lost the ticket.

An attorney for Edward St. John said his client settled for $140,000 with the estate of Kevin Donovan because he wanted to enjoy his windfall before he died.

Worcester Superior Court Judge Paul Agnes approved the settlement Tuesday.

St. John's attorney, Scott Ambler, said it was difficult for St. John to agree to the settlement because he believed the entire prize was his. But Ambler said that Donovan's estate could have conceivably kept the case in court for so long that St. John might have died before it was resolved.

"The writing was on the wall," Ambler told The Call of Woonsocket, R.I. "If they didn't win this time, they would have appealed again. If Mr. St. John had passed away before he got a chance to enjoy anything, that would have been the biggest shame of all."

St. John has said he offered Donovan's estate a third of the prize, but they rejected the deal.

St. John found the "Hold 'em Poker" scratch ticket in October 2005 while searching through the trash at a local convenience store for discarded winning tickets, something he regularly did. Donovan said he had bought every "Hold 'em Poker" ticket in the store earlier in the day but didn't realize he had the winning ticket and threw it away.


08-27-2006, 01:34 AM
That's terrible. The old man had posession of the ticket, that the IDIOT threw away. The old man is too kind, but I understand his reasoning for taking the smaller amount of the money. It's tragic.

08-27-2006, 02:45 AM
Very interesting. Thanks for the story

08-27-2006, 04:54 AM
that sucks for the old man but he did the right thing giving his age. Who know when that case would of ended.

08-27-2006, 12:04 PM
i think the old man eventually would have won, but if he's checking for winning loto tickets in the trash every morning i bet that 140k will do him alot of good. i feel bad for him. if you throw it away, you are losing your right to possession. you can't go back and say "oh hey! that's mine! it's still worth something!" if you let it go, it's gone. you can't expect to get it back.

08-27-2006, 12:15 PM
this trial sets precedence

Finders vs. Keepers

08-27-2006, 12:24 PM
The oldman got screwed if it wasnt for the oldman that ticket would have been history

08-27-2006, 02:16 PM
Finders keepers, losers weepers. I once took a class in Personal Property law....it sounds like the person gave up all rights to the ticket when throwing it in the trash....had the old man gone through the trash in this guy's house then the old man probably should not have any right to the ticket, but in this case the old man should be entitled to 100% of the winnings.

08-28-2006, 03:53 AM