A Louisiana couple cleansing their residence forward of Thanksgiving this week discovered over a million causes to be grateful this vacation season—a profitable lottery ticket price $1.eight million—two weeks earlier than the prize was because of expire, officers stated.
Harold and Tina Ehrenberg got here throughout a number of lottery tickets on their nightstand on Nov. 17 whereas tidying up earlier than household arrived to spend the vacations, Louisiana Lottery officers stated in an announcement. The couple, having by no means checked their numbers, visited the lottery web site and realized one ticket had all of the matching numbers.
“At first I assumed that we would have made a mistake, misreading the numbers or the expiration date,” Harold instructed ABC Information. “So we checked it a lot of occasions and positive sufficient they have been the best numbers. It was fairly thrilling.”
Nonetheless, the couple realized they’d virtually misplaced out on their luck. The lottery drawing was on June 6, leaving the couple with simply two weeks to assert their winnings, officers stated.
Prizes for draw-style video games should be claimed inside 180 days of the drawing during which the prize was received, based on the lottery assertion.
After efficiently claiming the jackpot—and paying federal and state tax withholdings—the couple walked away with $1,274,313 in winnings, the New Orleans Occasions-Picayune reported.
“We don’t have any plans to purchase something loopy or go on any massive journeys,” Tina Ehrenberg stated.
“Essentially the most enjoyable goes to be depositing that verify!” Harold Ehrenberg added.