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Vet Returns Winning Lottery Ticket

May 30, 2006

BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) _ An Army sergeant and his girlfriend found a winning lottery ticket at a convenience store Monday and turned it in to police, who were able to find its owner _ a $2,500 winner with no idea her lucky ticket was missing.

Sgt. Edward Boniberger and Marnie Hall found the ticket at a 7-Eleven store, Suffolk County police said. They couldn’t find the woman who had signed it, so they took it to a police station.

Detectives then located Mary Ann Doerrbecker, who hadn’t realized she had dropped the ticket, said Detective Sgt. Thomas Groneman.

``She was shocked,″ Groneman said. Doerrbecker met the couple at the precinct office and offered them a reward, which they declined.

Boniberger said he told Doerrbecker she should donate something to charity instead.

``There’s people out there who need it a lot more than I do,″ he said.

Boniberger was stationed with the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, in Baghdad and returned to the U.S. in September 2005.

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