The ticket was worth $250,000

God Bless America

“Mudders Day” at Churchill Downs

It was a rainy “mudders day” at this year’s Kentucky Derby—part of the reason an Austin, TX woman who paid $18 for a pick-five combination bet. All five of her horses, many of them long shots who love a wet track, came in. She took home a whopping $1.2 million. Compare that, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC], to the $1,432,000 the owner, trainer and jockey of Justify, the big winner of the coveted Run for the Roses, had to split up. The unidentified woman placed her wager at the Retama Park racetrack in San Antonio. A spokeswoman at the track noted that: “To bet that little amount of money and win $1.2 million is unheard of.”

One man’s trash

An airport janitor in South Korea just might become a genuine mega-millionaire in six months time. The Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] reports that he was cleaning out a garbage bin at the airport when he came across seven gold ingots wrapped in newspaper. If the gold, worth an estimated $325 million, is not linked to a crime and the owners don’t claim it by November, the authorities say the loot will be handed over to the janitor. If it is found to have been stolen, the janitor can still wind up with a reward of as much as $65 million. Either way it proves the old adage, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Rags to riches

And then there was the guy in Kalamazoo, MI who bought a lottery ticket, tucked it in his wallet and forgot it was there. Three months later he came across the ticket and decided to see if it might be worth something. The man was pretty much broke and had even lost his house. He was living paycheck to paycheck, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. It turned out the ticket was worth $250,000.