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Guinness World Record Attempt!

Need your help!  I've applied to Guinness World Records to collect 1 million used lottery tickets which includes both scratch-off tickets and draw tickets (Powerball, Keno, etc.).  If I try to do it by myself, I'll be 90 by the time I accomplish this goal.  But with your help, it's possible to do much, much sooner.

Both businesses and individuals can help out.  Did you know that you can do more than just collect tickets for me?  

At the end is a status update on what's been happening.

For those businesses and individuals who wish national exposure for assisting me with this project, you'll receive publicity--unless you request to remain anonymous. 


Publicity so far:

1.  Television Interview:  WLOS television station out of Asheville, NC (John Le was the interviewer and Matthew Yates was the photographer.) 

2.  Radio Interview:  Somehow a Davenport, IA radio show heard about my attempt:  Dwyer and Michaels Morning Radio Show (97X) out of Quad Cities in Davenport, IA!  

3.  Tickets:  The tickets can be from any state or country.

4.  Age of Tickets:  The lottery tickets can be old; age doesn't matter.  The oldest ticket I currently have is 2012. 


***Would you like to help?  There are many ways!***  

1.  Businesses:  

a.  Need tickets saved.  If you wish, your business name, address, website, and telephone number can be posted on this website so people know where to drop of their tickets.  Your business can remain anonymous

b.  Drop-Off Sites:  Need businesses where people can drop off their tickets.  If you offer to do this, then your business has to be listed.  Right now you can drop off tickets in two towns:  

Hendersonville, NC:  Mr. Petes Market (Citgo) at

 2650 Chimney Rock Road


Arden, NC: Market Center Express (Porsha is the Manager), 3715 Sweeten Creek Road

If you want to drop off tickets there, put them in ANY envelope or bag and mark:  "For Lottery Lady".   Then Email me so I'll be sure to ask about it the next time I'm in their store.   


Note to businesses who sell lottery tickets:  

Once the tickets are validated and paid out, they are worthless; meaning they cannot be turned in again for payment.  That means that they can be donated and I can still use them as part of my count.  


3.  Individual Collections:  Often individuals have a stack of losing tickets at their home, in their glove compartment, or in a drawer at work.  One woman gave me over 200 tickets that she had stashed in her home.  Several people have just gave me a few tickets.  All tickets go for the count and are greatly appreciated!    Remember, the date on the ticket/scratch-off does not matter.  Also, tickets can be from any state--or country.    


4.  Storage Area needed in 2020 to hold the boxes of tickets until they are validated.  Need an area at least 6 x 6 feet plus room for the door to open.  It can be either a storage unit or a storage building/room in the Hendersonville, Flat Rock, or South Asheville, NC area.   You can either donate just the area to store the tickets and/or the storage unit.  If you wish, you can have free publicity by having your business name, address, website, and telephone number can be posted on this website.

5.  T-Shirts and/or magnetic banner for my vehicle:  Need to have t-shirts designed and printed.  Also need a magnetic banner that can be attached to my vehicle.  If you wish to donate the designed, printed t-shirts and/or the magnetic banner, your business name, address, website, and telephone number will be posted on this website.   You receive publicity on this website for the entire time I'm collecting 1 million tickets.  

6.  If you are a business that sells office supplies, I will go through over 10,000 rubber bands.  (To count the tickets, it's easier to take a rubber band off of them than wrestle with trying to remove staples from bundled tickets.)


6.  In need of cell phone service donated by a business or individual.  For example, if an individual has a telephone family plan and they haven't used all of the lines, you could donate one of the lines.  You can have information on this website or remain anonymous.  

Why am I doing this?   Several reasons:

1.  I was scrolling through Guinness World Records looking for something non-sports related that I could try to do.  There were several categories about lottery, but none for collecting tickets.

  So, I applied to them to add a new category and the rest is history!

2.  People are basically good and like to help out others when they can.  This just gives others opportunities to do something good--to make a difference even if it's just a few tickets. 


Thank you for all those individuals and businesses who want to help with this goal!  

If you would like to contact me, please Email [email protected]  (I'm the only one who reads the Emails.  It can be just for general questions, for interviews, and/or if you have something to donate to help make this challenge become reality!) 

Update 10/5:  A high school friend from update NY mailed me tickets from NY & FL that she had collected from several people.  Thank you Melody!  I'm grateful for every single ticket.  It looks like tomorrow I should go over 15,000 tickets!  (I thought that collecting 10,000 tickets was an impossibility but already pushing for a huge goal of 25,000 total sized and bound tickets!)  

Update 10/3:  I advertised in my subdivision's newsletter and one of the residents dropped off boxes of tickets; probably several thousand tickets.  It will probably take me weeks to go through the tickets so they are added to the total count.  Also another person Emailed me wanting to drop off tickets.  Whether you only have a few tickets or hundreds, I'm grateful for each ticket.  Even if you drop off less than six tickets, I'm still grateful to you for taking the time to help with the ticket count!  Thank you!

Update 9/30:  On what would have been my Dad's birthday, went over 10,000 tickets.  Now at 13,000 tickets.  (With a rubber band, I size the tickets, and bundle 100 same-sized tickets.  So far I've been able to squeeze 5,000 tickets into a box.)

Found out some exciting news!  When I'm done with this project, according to the NC Educational Lottery Office, both the draw tickets and scratch-off tickets can be recycled!  So, I'll just wait until the town does their truck shredder and be there when all of the tickets are shredded on site.  But, that's down the road...

You may Email me at:  [email protected]


Sue Harrington