As you can see, Maximum Security clearly crossed the finish line first. However, if you turned off your TV or made your way out of Churchill Downs immediately following the conclusion of the race, you wouldn’t get the full story. And if you had Country House winning it all, that could be disastrous.
That’s the story for at least two men – and probably dozens more across the country.
One man from Hatfield, Massachusetts pulled No. 20, Country House, for a blind-draw pool. He left the party immediately after the race, tossing the winning ticket into this trashcan on his walk home, according to a story from local news station WWLP.
Over an hour later, that same man learned of the disqualification and quickly made his way back to that trashcan.
“I didn’t know if the people were going to take their trash can back into their house. I would’ve had to knock on their door and say hey can I go through your trash?” the man said. “It was still there, so I dug it out. It ended up being a success story.”
His winning ticket was worth abut $400.
In another part of the country, one man is still searching for a mystery winner.
Two men met at a Bismarck, North Dakota bar, where they watched the running of the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, according to local news station KFYR. One of the men put some money down on Country House, but he left before the results were official. The man who spoke to this mystery winner is holding onto his ticket, trying to find its rightful owner.
“I’ve got this ticket for him that’s worth over $600, so I want to find Ed. Can you help me find Ed?” the man said. “This is his money – he should really have a change to take this and enjoy it.”
Ed apparently has white hair, a white beard, was wearing wire-rimmed glasses and was around 60 years old.
Mission to find Ed: initiated! Hopefully this story has a happy ending, as well.