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    “700 bucks!” Or so the ticket’s legend informs when you see the stringed-combination of two Devil’s Towers, three snowflakes, and five hearts. Of course, you wash your hands again, but this is a small asking-price.

    When you log into your Hotmail account to tell your friends, you open an email from your cousin Iggy sent you with a red urgent exclamation point next to the subject line:

    Hey, I was bored and put in your name into this website for unclaimed property in Indiana and it looks like you have $185 in unpaid wages from the Schoop Burger where you used to work.

    “Wow! This really must be my lucky day!”


    And as soon as that thought enters your head, well, you immediately decide to head back toward The Jackpot Junction in Minnesota on page 162.


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