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Don’t Throw Out Your Losing Lotto Ticket — You Can Trade It in for Free Pizza


Unless you’re the incredibly lucky owner of the one solitary winning lottery ticket from South Carolina for the most recent Mega Millions jackpot, according to news reports, you are probably feeling pretty bummed out after the drawing on October 23, 2018. Although those pieces of paper with your not-so-lucky numbers on them sadly aren’t worth $1.6 billion dollars, they aren’t totally useless — that is, if you managed to avoid ripping your ticket up in outrage when it wasn’t a match.

It might not feel quite as exciting as having your bank account filled with more cash than most of us could ever dream of, but you can redeem your losing ticket for a yummy slice of pizza. And after all, who can turn down free food — especially when it’s pizza? Villa Italian Kitchen is offering the trade-in at nationwide restaurants, sharing the kind offer on its Facebook page: “While a free slice of pizza isn’t a billion dollars, we hope it will still make someone’s day!” Hey, you can’t deny that pizza has an almost magical quality of turning even the grumpiest moods around.

The deal is only available on October 24, so you need to act fast for your free ‘za. Villa has multiple locations throughout the United States, so you should be able to find one in your neck of the woods by taking a look at their official website. However, there is one important thing to know before you go marching into the restaurant with a whole stack of tickets that you purchased hoping to amp up your odds at winning the big lotto prize: The deal is limited to one ticket and one slice of pizza per customer. You will also have to buy a beverage, but that’s a small price to pay for delicious cheesy goodness to soothe your woes of not becoming an instant billionaire.

Make sure you double-check your numbers on the Mega Millions website before heading into the restaurant, though. You don’t want to accidentally hand over any winnings you might have overlooked during all of the excitement of the lottery reveal on Tuesday night!

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