Couple’s winning $75.5M lottery ticket ripped up

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A Jamaican woman who wished to remain anonymous while claiming her $1.4 million lottery prize went viral for wearing a winking emoji mask.

A Scottish couple were able to collect their $75.5 million lottery winnings even after the winning ticket had been ripped in half.

According to ITV, Fred and Lesley Higgins told officials that Fred took the ticket to a store to see if it was a winner. The clerk ran it through the machine and said it wasn’t.

“He ripped the ticket in two and threw it into the bin, as they would with all non-winning tickets,” Fred said.

The ticket was retrieved when the machine printed out a message.

“The terminal produced a chitty which said I needed to retain my ticket and call Camelot,” he said. “The retailer immediately grabbed it out of the bin and handed it to me.”

Camelot officials said they performed checks on the ticket including reviewing CCTV footage from the store to verify the ripped ticket, ITV reported.

After collecting their winnings, Lesley quit her job and the couple bought a new car.

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