A Richford, Vermont lottery player had a narrow escape from losing a fortune this week when he inadvertently trashed a Tri-State Megabucks ticket he had been given as a Christmas present.

Fortunately for him, his wife was on the ball and noticed that the $650 000 winner of that draw came from the Richford market where her mother-in-law had bought her husband's Christmas gift....one can only imagine the panic that ensued.

The player finally deduced that he had thrown out the ticket with the gift wrapping, triggering another panic as the trash was hauled out and searched.

All ended well when the ticket came to light and a bank account-boosting $650 000 could be claimed.

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