Hatfield man tosses winning Kentucky Derby ticket in trash

Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A lucky outcome for a local man who thought he’d lost his bet on the Kentucky Derby, and so he threw away his ticket about 20 minutes too soon.

Hatfield resident Ed Pedruczny put $200 into a blind draw,  a pool for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Pedruczny pulled number 20, Country House, but Maximum Security crossed the finish line first.

Thinking he’d lost, Pedruczny left a viewing party in Northampton and tossed out his winning ticket in the trash can. He didn’t know he’d thrown out the winning ticket until he got back home in Hatfield. 

“I didn’t know if the people were going to take their trash can back into their house. I would’ve had to knock on their door and say hey can I go through your trash?” Pedruczny said. “It was still there so I dug it out and it ended up being a success story.”

Pedruczny said that about an hour a half went by from the time he threw out the ticket and went back to Northampton to retrieve it.

He took home just shy of $400 and said it was only right he share his winnings with his wife. 

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