2008-12-26 / Front Page

Honest Clerk + Lottery Ticket = Rich Granny

An honest grocery clerk at a Breezy Point grocery made a $1 million save for a 92-year-old grandmother after she mistakenly threw away a winning lottery ticket. Mary Alice Fallon bought three scratch-off lottery tickets from Deirdre Maeve's market in Breezy Point. She scratched them off, but believed that all three were losers. She asked grocery clerk Chris Connelly to throw them away for her, but, on a whim, he decided to scan them. Connelly said that he knew right away that one of the tickets was a winner, because the machine said that the ticket had to be redeemed at lottery headquarters, but he didn't know at the time that it was worth $1 million. He turned the ticket back to Fallon, who says that she will share her new-found wealth with her children, who will share about $32,000 a year over the next 20 years. Fallon was given a reward for his honesty by each of the seven children. Pictured, Fallon, left, with some of her children.

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