and some stranger in the foreground. No, didn’t go in, not my thing.
republished at BoingBoing:
Jesus Leonardo is the king of the “stoopers” — people who pick up discarded betting slips at racetracks and betting parlors and double-check them to see if they’re actually winners. He makes about $45,000 a year at it, working 10 hours a day, and declares his “winnings” to the IRS.
Mr. Leonardo, who is married with two teenagers, is hardly living on the fringes. He said that stooping brings him $100 to $300 a day, and more than $45,000 a year. Last month, he cashed in a winning ticket from bets made on races at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., for $8,040. His largest purse came in 2006, when he received $9,500 from a Pick 4 wager (choosing the winners of four consecutive races) at Retama Park Race Track in Selma, Tex.