NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. -- A Massachusetts couple has won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket they dug out of the trash after inadvertently throwing it away.

The state lottery commission says Joseph and Joanne Zagami of North Attleborough bought the $5 ticket from a vending machine while grocery shopping.

They stuck the ticket in a bag and forgot about it.

The next day, Joseph Zagami asked his wife if she had scratched the ticket. She hadn't. They dug through the trash and found it.

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The couple claimed their prize Wednesday, opting for the one-time lump sum payment of $650,000 before taxes and $455,000 after. They plan to pay off their mortgage and other bills and take a vacation.

To get the full amount, they would have needed to claim the prize over 20 years.-- AP