Man loses winning $500,000 ticket

August 3, 2009 5:43:44 AM PDT
A South Florida man had some good luck, now he's hoping for even better luck.

Louis Tolentino says he lost a winning scratch-off lottery ticket worth $500,000. He hopes he'll be lucky enough for someone to turn it in.

A clerk at the store where he bought the ticket confirms it was a winner. The clerk told Tolentino he had to cash it in at the lottery office in West Palm Beach.

Somewhere along the way, he lost it.

Tolentino says he panicked and retraced his steps. But there's been no sign of that $500,000 lotto ticket.

Without his signature on it, it's finders-keepers. Anyone can cash in that ticket.