In an inadvertent mix-up, FedEx mistakenly delivered $20,000 worth of lottery scratch cards to a woman in Massachusetts, Danielle Alexandrov.
Sorting through packages at her East Falmouth office, she discovered the unexpected windfall in a notably heavy box, as reported to WCVB.
“I open it up and it’s a box of scratch tickets,” she said. “And I’m thinking, ‘Is this a joke?’ until I look at the receipt and its value is $20,000 worth of scratch tickets.”
The intended recipient was supposed to be Kenyon’s Market, a nearby liquor store specializing in lottery ticket sales, yet the delivery found its way to Alexandrov’s workplace instead.
Opting for what she deemed the “right” course of action, Alexandrov chose to return the box, though she couldn’t shake off the intriguing notion of how the lottery scratch cards might have altered her life.
She told WCVB: “I played the tape out through my mind. What would happen if I kept these? Would I be able to sleep at night? Those kinds of things — and I was like, ‘No, the right thing to do is to go return it.'”
Interestingly, had she retained the scratch cards, their potential value would have remained nonexistent unless properly delivered and authorized by a licensed lottery retailer.
“If someone tried to take one of these tickets, if it was a winning ticket, brought it to a retail location, there would be a message that would flag it and they’d be unable to cash the ticket,” Christian Teja, who works for the Massachusetts Lottery, told WCVB.