One day a customer walked into the Lucky Spot outside of Springfield, Massachusetts, and purchased a lottery ticket. The ticket, which was purchased for a popular scratch-off game that typically awards cash prizes ranging from $1 to $250,000 thousand dollars.
However, the customer, thinking that the ticket was worthless had thrown the ticket into the trash, not realizing that it was actually a $1,000,000 winner. The customer had given the ticket back not once but twice before chucking it in the garbage.
A few days later, the store owner Abhi Shah found the ticket in the trash can and noticed that the numbers hadn't been completely scratched off. Once he figured out what the ticket was actually worth, he struggled with his decision.
After a few days of contemplation and talking it over with a few relatives from back home in India, the store owner decided that the right thing to do would be to contact the tickets' original owner.
“We didn’t sleep two nights. He called my mom, grandparents in India, they said give it back we don’t want that money.” -Manush Shah, Co-Owner Lucky Spot
The ticket owner, who remains unnamed for privacy reasons, just happened to be a regular customer of the convenience store and the owners were very familiar with the neighborhood. Upon returning the ticket to her, she was elated with emotion.
“As soon as she came in, I hand her $1 million ticket and she freaked out and cried like a baby,” -Manush Shah
Today, the store is still loved by many whose owners chose compassion and doing the right thing over greed.