A few times a week, for the past several years, the sidewalks of Sterling Place between Sixth and Flatbush Avenues have become home to thousands of tiny shreds of torn-up lottery tickets. Like clockwork, they invariably appear the morning after numbers are drawn (so nearly every day), and they stay there until either washed away by rain, blown away by wind, or swept away by conscientious neighbors.
Others have noticed, too: last year someone who lives on the block between Seventh and Flatbush posted a couple laminated notices politely imploring the Lotto Litterer to knock it off. That didn't accomplish much.
Why not just throw the tickets away? Why take the time to carefully tear them up into tiny pieces and carefully distribute them up and down the street? Maybe the perpetrator thinks that lottery ticket trees will sprout from the ground. Maybe it's some form or quiet revenge against the lotto gods, or possibly an offering to them. We'll probably never know.