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76-year-old man trapped hunting for lottery ticket

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[January 03, 2013]  AMSTERDAM (AP) -- What are the odds?

A 76-year-old man trapped himself in an underground waste paper container in Amsterdam after he clambered in to hunt for a lottery ticket.

Police said in a statement the elderly man managed to open the container and climb in Thursday because he feared he had tossed out a lottery ticket along with other used paper.

Passers-by heard him calling for help and alerted the police, who freed him with the help of firefighters.

The bad news? The man didn't find his lottery ticket.

[Associated Press]

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