Man finds World Series tickets on ground, tracks down owner

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Prairie Village, KS (KCTV) — Imagine finding two very expensive and very hard to get World Series tickets just lying on the ground. That’s exactly what happened to a Kansas City man Friday.

“I thought he went above and beyond,” said David Chan with Hillcrest Covenant Church.

The tickets were meant for Chan’s church, for an auction benefiting international missions. Getting them returned to him required smarts and perseverance, a story that reminded Chan of the Royals themselves.

“How the Royals are just a hard working bunch of guys who try to do the right thing and now they have a chance to shine,” he said.

The story started with Kansas City, MO, Police Department Det. Kevin White going to the Sheraton Hotel exhibit hall to pick up a marathon packet. A man with his kids found an envelope and noticed the detective’s badge. The man handed it to him and told him, “I think someone dropped this.”

What the detective found inside made his jaw drop.

“I kept thinking how cool it would be to go, however, what if this is some dad and his 12-year-old son that this is his dream to go and he spent $3,000. How do you explain that to a 12-year-old that I just lost the tickets,” White said.

The hunt began with a Wells Fargo logo and a name on the envelope. The detective called the nearest office. No one was working there by that name, but the name on the envelope was the secretary’s pastor.

“He didn’t let on that they were tickets. He just asked first, ‘are you missing some documents?’ And I said, ‘well I’m not missing documents, but I’m expecting something important,'” Chan said.

A call to the donator who lost them got the detective a confirmed description of the envelope and the tickets were soon back where they belonged. Now both detective and pastor are convinced something special was behind it all.

“I was pretty much overwhelmed to know that the tickets made it back to the right person and God has a purpose for this money,” White said.

“There’s definitely a sign of an invisible hand at work here, if you will. The providence of God seems to have been on these tickets all along,” Chan said.

The church’s fundraiser, which features international food, is Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The live auction is at 6 p.m.

The church is located at 8801 Nall Ave. in Prairie Village, KS.

Tickets, with food included, are $20.