Talk about a good deed. Manuel Rieja González found a winning lottery ticket for $6.3 million and, rather than cashing it himself, he turned it over to the authorities. Because very few people around are as decent as González, one fake has already come forward and tried to claim the winnings.
The authorities will hold on to the ticket for two years. If, in that time, the real owner doesn't come forward, the lucky do-gooder González will be allowed to collect the winnings. González happens to sell lottery tickets for a living -- which makes this story even quirkier.
Even if the real owner comes forward and González doesn't receive the winnings, in my mind he's due at least a reward. I consider myself to be a reasonably ethical person. That said, I don't think I would have been able to turn over that ticket to the cops. I mean, I have no issue picking up and pocketing dollar bills when I spot them on the street. This is the same thing only on a much bigger scale, right?
I would never keep a wallet I found on the street or anything, but like most people, a little guilt-free cash would be a tough temptation for me to walk away from. I don't think I'm alone in my thinking. This guy's good deed went above and beyond the norm. All the more reason for him to be rewarded.
Do you think you would have returned the lottery ticket?
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