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10 Valuable Items You Won’t Believe People
Threw Away The 1988 Supreme Court ruling California v.
Greenwood created legal precedent for dumpster diving. Under the ruling, anything thrown
away in a public space is fair game. This kept the poor from being prosecuted, but it
also opened the door for dumpster diving hobbyists and treasure hunters. Yes, hobbyists. Wired
profiled a man who flips corporate trash as a side job, and makes three figures doing
it. And while consistency counts, it’s the big-ticket items that are really jaw dropping. 10. $1 Million Lottery Ticket After months of spending around $2,000 on
scratch-off tickets, the probability of a big win may finally start to swing towards
the buyers favor. Kevin Donovan, a Massachusetts mechanic on disability, frequented the White
Hen Pantry grocery and did just that. He tossed what he thought was a batch of losers in the
trash outside, and Edward St. John, an 83-year-old man with a habit of collecting thrown out
scratch-offs, collected the discarded scratchers. One of them was a $1 million winner. The news spread through the small Massachusetts
town. St. John was known for collecting tickets, never buying them, and Donovan retroactively
claimed the winner was his. The lottery commission declared the only requirement to cash in was
possession of the winning ticket, so Donovan was out of luck. Two months later, he passed
away. Donovan’s children continued to chase after
the money and sued St. John, who eventually settled the lawsuit in order to get his own
payments before he passed away like the original ticket owner. 9. $1 Million “Tres Personajes” Painting Rubbish sits on the sidewalk of New York City
streets on trash days, waiting to be collected. There are black bags, blue bags and stacks
of boxes. As Elizabeth Gibson walked by a waiting pile on Broadway, she noticed a 38-by-51
inch painting among the bags. The size of the painting compared to the size of her apartment
didn’t deter her, and she took the painting home. Gibson was watching an episode of Antique’s
Roadshow and heard a description of the painting. The description was that of “Tres Personajes,”
painted by Rufino Tamayo, which had been stolen 20 years ago, had a file with the FBI, was
valued at $1 million and had a $15,000 finder’s fee attached to it. Gibson returned the painting
to the rightful owner and received the $15,000. Who put the painting out for the garbage collectors
remains unknown, and the doorman at the apartment told Gibson that the garbage had been collected
20 minutes after Gibson had recovered the painting. 8. $16,500 of Rare Antique Mayan Art Professional movers see a lot of valuable
items. When an artist named Clinton Hill and his partner Allen Tran passed away in the
SoHo district of New York City, Nick DiMola was paid $4,500 to collect what the families
didn’t want. DiMola had apparently heard of the overused saying “one man’s trash
is another man’s treasure.” He stored the cardboard barrels and cardboard boxes
at a warehouse in Queens for five years before curiosity took over and he popped the top. Inside were ancient Mayan artifacts dated
from 300 B.C. to 500 A.D. The items ranged from stone axes to carved figures. In all,
they were valued at around $16,500. DiMola stated that he wasn’t interested in art
or ancient artifacts, and was looking to sell the pieces. The group who paid for DiMola
to clean out the apartment was understandably smarting from their oversight, but had legally
passed all property ownership to DiMola when they paid for DiMola to take their $16,500
worth of artifacts to the dump. 7. $22,000 of U.S. Savings Bonds Mike Rogers, an employee at a Burlington,
Kentucky, recycling center, was just doing his job in 1971 when he came across some familiar
looking papers at the bottom of a barrel. Two dozen savings bonds purchased by Martha
Dobbins had made their way via recycling barrel to Blue Grass Recycling Company. The 12 pieces
of paper added up to $22,000. Rather than turn them in for himself, Rogers began to
search for the rightful heir. Rogers’ search led him to Dobbins son, Robert Roberts, who
tried to compensate Rogers and Blue Grass Recycling for their honesty. Like any truly
honest man, Rogers refused. 6. $1 Million Lottery Ticket…Again When playing the state lottery, double check
and hold onto your tickets. Sharon Jones found a $1 million winning lottery
ticket among a pile of discarded tickets in a trashcan near Little Rock, Ark. Word got
around, and a woman named Sharon Duncan learned of the location and timing of the found ticket
and deducted that it was originally hers. Lisa Petriches, the woman who managed the
store the ticket was originally purchased at and the site of the garbage the ticket
was located in, also heard the news. In addition, Louie Dajani, owner of the store Petriches
managed, learned of the find. Duncan, Petriches and Dajani all sued Jones
over ownership of the ticket. Duncan claimed she had mistakenly thrown the ticket away,
while Petriches and Dajani claimed they had posted no trash digging on their property.
The lawsuit brought about questions of ownership on trashed materials and little happiness
for any party. 5. $500 From a Ripped Up Scratch-Off Ticket Lorenzo Juarez was no stranger to bad days.
On his 39th birthday, Juarez was going on his fourth year of unemployment and had recently
broken up with his long-term girlfriend. He was purchasing a few birthday snacks at a
gas station when he witnessed an altercation between the cashier and a customer. The customer tore a scratch-off into pieces
and threw it into the dumpster. Juarez dove into a few dumpsters in his day, and jumped
in after the pieces on a whim, hoping for some birthday luck. He reassembled the pieces
close enough to their original state, and brought his finished mosaic to the cashier.
The resulting ticket rang up as a $500 winner, and Juarez finally had his birthday break. 4. Old Blueprints to NYC’s Freedom Tower Anything labeled “Secure Document – Confidential,”
clearly does not belong in the trash. Yet that is exactly what a homeless man in lower
Manhattan found in a public trashcan near the site of the new Freedom Tower. The two, 150–page blueprints for the Freedom
Tower didn’t have a specific monetary value, but the potential value and who would be willing
to purchase them is both frightening and intriguing. The documents detailed floor–by–floor
plans on the soon–to–be constructed Freedom Tower. Instead of falling into the wrong hands,
however, they landed in the hands of a homeless recovering drug addict who had witnessed the
attacks on 9/11 and knew the dangers the documents could bring. The blueprints were for an earlier version
of the building, but an architect later reviewed the documents and stated there was enough
information for an expert in explosives, demolition or biological weapons to make use of. 3. $100,000 in $5 and $100 Bills A tire on the side of a busy highway isn’t
an unusual sight. A tire on the side of a busy highway with $5 and $100 bills stuffed
inside to the tune of $100,000 is both unusual and highly questionable. Also unusual and
highly questionable is the decision by the highway workers not to pocket a few dozen
of those Benjamins. Or we suppose is that you could call it “noble” and “honest”
but, come on. How many of us wouldn’t snag at least one bill? State highway workers cleaning up litter on
Interstate 70 near Indianapolis found the cash–filled tire and reported it to the
police. In this case of trash–turned–treasure, foul play was suspected. Which makes sense,
considering it’s a popular way for drug runners to smuggle large amounts of cash. 2. Atomic–Bomb Grade Plutonium It takes a special kind of plutonium to make
a bomb. Scientists involved in the Manhattan Project during WWII, the project that eventually
led to the bombs that were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, discovered that plutonium–239
is the specific type. And plutonium–239 was what was found in a garbage dump in southeastern
Washington State. Placed in glass like a ship in a bottle, the
abandoned piece of plutonium–239 wasn’t large enough to create a nuclear weapon, yet
it wasn’t small enough to trust in the hands of a bomb maker, either. The Department of
Energy cleanup site wasn’t sure how the radioactive material arrived in the dump,
but they made sure to safely dispose of it the second time around. 1. $50,000 Violin The classical music industry is fraught with
high power names and big money. While Giuseppe Pedrazzini may sound like a name that could
be found on the back of a Pinocchio toy, it is actually the name of a famous Italian violin
maker whose musical instruments can fetch in the tens of thousands of dollars. A man looking for a violin for his wife found
a violin in a garbage dump, and took the violin to the Antiques Roadshow to see if it was
worth enough to buy another, new violin. He rethought the purchase of a new violin when
the Antiques Roadshow told him Pedrazzini had made the violin, and it was worth around

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Valuable Items You Won’t Believe People Threw Away — TopTenzNet

  • i work for an armor truck company. A couple of years ago someone accidentally threw away a bag of money with $87,000 in it. it was never recovered. it is thought that this bag of cash is still somewhere in the San Antonio City dump to this day.

  • People throw away valuable items because we have been brainwashed over the years to conform to the disposable society, whereby manufacturers increase sales by convincing us that "new is good" and "old is bad."

  • It is only fair game once it is no longer on private property. If that dumpster is still on private property, going into that could be trespassing even if it is not in a fenced area. It is best to check the local laws where you plan to do this because who knows how much trouble you will get into if the police show up.

  • Most valuable things I or family I know have found in the Garbage.
    55' Chevy Bell Air found in a field junk yard, with a disassembled 409 inside it, found by me
    Ruger 10/22 that needed $25 in repairs to work perfectly, found by my uncle
    1974 Fender Music Master Bass found by my step dad's cousin. Had one blown out capacitor.

    That's about all I can think of atm.

  • I don't know what countries dumpster diving is allowed in, but it's not allowed in Australia. People still dive, but anything in the bin is still either the property of the shop that threw it out or the rubbish collection company.

  • I personally over a decade ago scored a 500 dollar winning ticket off the top of a trash can just a few days before christmas. That year I was really hard off money wise I spent the whole thing getting gifts for my family where as if I hadn't found it I wasn't going to be able to get anyone anything.

  • Isn't it more likely that someone in her family, or her herself stole the painting and was simply unable to shift it. Eventually she just gave up and turned it in for the reward offering up some half assed story as to how she got hold of it in the first place.

  • the odds of winning the lottery when buying a ticket are already insane. imagine the odds of finding a winning lottery ticket in discards!!!!

  • I have the $1million lottery ticket beat. A long time ago I would buy a months worth of lottery tickets at a time. I would get the same 3 numbers for both drawings each week and I would buy them a month at a time on one ticket. I used to leave them in a drawer at my girlfriend's house because I bought them at a local(to her) gas station. Well my numbers came up I just won $2million dollars. I did not say anything to her because I was afraid she would cash the ticket in and keep the money for herself because she was a money hungry B*^&%#. I would visit her on the weekends Friday – Sunday since she had gotten a job transfer that moved her 2 hours away. Well I arrived Friday night and found that she had just thrown out the lottery ticket with Tuesday's trash but she had left the scan sheet in the drawer so that I could reuse it. I asked her where the ticket was and she said she had thrown it out in the trash on Tuesday because it was an old ticket, and I told her it was a winner and her first words were how do we get it? I told her go to the dump and find the ticket. She asked if I was sure that it was a winner in I showed her the scan sheet and the winning numbers for that week. Needless to say I did not stay with her long!

  • and you don't mention the guy who was about the throw away a bunch of where house throw a ways anddecided to bid on a lot that was about to be thrown away and got the truly the most epic Home console of all times the Nintendo and PlayStation hybrid.. you should check out the history on this it's weird and epic.

  • I remember a story about a woman who found some "electronic stuff" in her late husband's garage and took it to a dump shop.
    Later, they tried to contact her because it turned out to be an Apple II

  • If you find a lottery ticket in the garbage and turns out to be the winning ticket, don't tell anyone you found it in the garbage.

  • Fascinating stunt: "I will provide commentary on my video only after I have stuffed a butter bean into each nostril!"

    Why? Just why??!!

  • once in 1989 i found a cd player in the trash and it worked and no one had ever seen one and some one took it from me but it was funny because it was found in the trash

  • Back in 1999 I "KNEW A GUY" that found $8,400 dollars cash in denominations from $10s,$20s,$50s&100s in a paper bag on the shoulder of a International Airport Service Road. "He said" it had no ID or way to prove whose it was. Lucky day for him. I think he actually used the money to move back to England to live with his dad..Sweet find.

  • while im watching this a story came on the local news about the recycling plant near by. turns out where they pull apart tvs to recycle them an employee found $100,000. There were also some documents in the tv and they were able to trace the money back to a man who had got the money as an inheritance and put it in the tv as a safe place and forgot. trippy id be watching this video when that comes on tv.

  • pft, I recall seeing a woman on the AR who owned or was a caretaker for local dump, brought in a bunch of tacky costume jewellery, turned out the chunky red and white stones were actually ruby's and diamonds that were valued at around 80 000 pounds..

  • The lesson here do not trust the Machine to read if you have a winning ticket. When I lived in Michigan around 20yrs ago I used to had at least 3 or more winners not big winners but some numbers matched so got a couple of bucks from them, I moved to Florida and never won once none of the numbers that is the machine reader said I had no winners come to find out when I started checking the numbers myself I started to see I had some of the numbers and again started winning the small amounts. DO NOT TRUST THOSE READERS or the MACHINE ITSELF TO READ YOUR TICKET DO IT YOURSELF.

  • How's about a Top Ten finds from the Antiques Road show? The lady with the million and a half pounds of jewels frim the bin would rate

  • You missed a tossed Van Gogh where the owners wanted the frame but not the painting. They had no idea it was a Van Gogh as it was just signed with a V and covered by the frame. The family gave the painting to the garbage collector but when verified as a true Van Gogh they sued but lost in court.

  • Art and archaeological finds being thrown in the garbage makes me weep, truly weep, at the thought of how many priceless things got thrown away but never recovered.

  • I would assume large stacks of cash like in #3 are drug or other crime money and steer well clear of it.

  • Darth Vader needs that homeless guy to help him find the death star plans. Those were not thrown away, just the one of the people who stole it.

  • Were they not just cleaning up trash, isn't the tire trash, why not take the trash, what happens to the money? Is that the end of story?.

  • Tire stuffs full of $100 dollar bills.Does anybody's can say it could a illegal drugs dealing going down.When wrong.

  • I once wlaked over a flee market, seeing a man selling tousands of comics.
    Lokked trough them. Found a Simpsons #1.
    Asked what he wants for it. He just said '50'. I asked 'euros?' and he said 'no, cents' like it was an obvious thing. And he meant it.
    Now i like unknown regional flee markets 😀

  • Love your videos, well most of them are imformative lol. Would you consider doing one of your top ten combat rifles? . Such lists do exsist but your comedic and factfull puns would make them considerably better. Keep rollin em out dude!!.

  • I know I wouldn't be honest if I found 100k in cash…. Last year I found a money clip with almost 7000 dollars, I looked around for the owner for about 10 seconds before I snagged it and spent the money on a new TV and bills… I had no qualms about it either… I guess I'm the worst kind of person….

  • My dad threw out a 1993 PC with all the floppy disc games, mega bad day that day was. I have missed that computer every day ever since it was thrown away when I was 12 in 2001, I'm now 29 and I still think about it. I don't know how many time I have dreamed about it. I was devastated.

  • I read a story in In The Wind magazine one time about a guy who was cleaning out a garage and found a 1929 Indian with a sidecar under a tarp. The old lady he was doing the job for told him that it had been her husband's and had been sitting there since he died. She said take it to the dump with the rest of the stuff. He asked her if she had the title. She did, and she signed it over to him on the spot. He didn't charge her for the work, and instead took the bike as full payment.

  • How do we know the highway workers didn't take some of the money out of the tire. You are automatically assumed that the amount in the tire was the entire amount.

  • The Mass Lotto one isn't surprising. They have a thing where you can take loosing tickets and mail them in to get a fresh one. So a lot of older people will take all the loosers people throw away to send it. It's was done to help recycle the loosing tickets rather than just throw them in the trash.

  • My son works at a quicky market that sell lottery scratch offs, we get 100-500 a month in tickets that get thrown away mostly on Friday and sat nights after midnight when the drunks come.

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