CHICAGO (Nov. 26) - The Chicago area's garbage strike was a nuisance for many, but now it smells sweet to two lottery winners who had mistakenly thrown their $10.5 million ticket in the trash.
Chicago resident Ezekiel ''Zeek'' Garnett, 27, and his sister, Karen, 24, bought an Illinois Lotto ticket Oct. 4 in Niles but threw it out without checking the numbers. Their mother then heard that a ticket sold in Niles was a winner, and she checked the trash with her daughter.
Thanks to the nine-day garbage strike last month, the ticket matching all six numbers was in a bag still waiting to be picked up, lottery officials said.
''This will definitely help me live more comfortably. But I'm still keeping my job at UPS,'' Zeek Garnett said Wednesday.
She's still keeping her job at UPS, huh. Is this the "right" thing to do? Aside from the fact that she doesn't really have to have a 9-5 anymore, by keeping her job, she is taking the place of someone who probably could really use it.