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You know, it does you no good to find a treasure if you don’t know what you’ve got. Now, I’m the kind who always thinks a treasure might be around the corner. I haven’t ever bought lottery tickets or anything like that, but I used to always play those prize-winning games they had at McDonalds. It used to cost me the price of a coke to get a game piece, but I was thirsty anyway and enjoyed filling up the game board with the pieces I received.

One time, when the game was a version of Monopoly, I was regularly picking up game pieces and had everything except the winning pieces when one day I got my pieces and was in a hurry so I stuffed them in my pocket without opening them. When I got home I opened them and set them on the counter by my side of the bed. I noticed that one of the pieces looked a little different than the rest but thought nothing of it. The next day I was in the car with the game board and noticed that the piece I had seen the day before was a $1,000.00 winner.

I called home and told Susan about the game piece. She said, “I’ll go look for it.” Then came back to the phone groaning and said she thought what was on the counter was trash and had thrown it away. I told her to retrieve it but she said she had taken the trash out to the curb for the trash pick up. I said to get the bag back from the curb, and she came back groaning again, the trash man had just been by a few minutes before I called. There was a $1,000 treasure thrown out with the trash that day.