$50,000 Winning Ticket purchased at Baldwin News & Food Store was almost garbage

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PARSIPPANY — Anup Patel, Piscataway, was cleaning out his car when he stumbled across a Powerball ticket he bought six months earlier in a cup holder.

He nearly threw it away. It’s a good thing he had second thoughts.

The ticket ended up being worth $50,000 by matching four of the five white balls and the Powerball.

He had purchased the ticket in July but forgot to check the numbers.

Patel claimed the ticket on February 3 — 190 days after the Powerball drawing. The ticket was purchased at Baldwin News & Food Store.

Winners have one year from the date of the drawing to claim their prize.

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