A couple is now A$2.48 million richer after finding a winning lottery ticket while cleaning their house.
Harold and Tina Ehrenberg were tidying up their home in Louisiana in the US earlier this week ahead of Thanksgiving when they found the long-forgotten ticket on their nightstand.
“I checked the numbers three times,” Ms Ehrenberg told Yahoo Lifestyle US.
She then had her husband look at the Louisiana Lottery’s website to check the numbers and they matched the winning digits: 3, 7, 30, 31, 35, 28.
However, it soon dawned on the couple the ticket belonged to a draw on June 6 – it may have expired.
Luckily, it turns out the prize had to be claimed within 180 days of the draw. The couple would get their prize within two weeks of expiry.
Louisiana Lottery’s Kimberly Chopin said it’s not often winners take until the eleventh hour to come forward.
“Keep your tickets and check them after every drawing,” Ms Chopin said.
The couple claims they’ve already placed their winnings into a “retirement account”.
Mr Chopin said that friends and family have been wishing them well and sending congratulations on the win, which comes just in time for holiday celebrations.
The man from Blackburn was notified of the mammoth win while on his smoko break and was clearly in disbelief over the news.
“Oh my god! I am in shock! Wow! I don’t know what to say. My heart is beating and I am shaking,” he told a Tatts official.
Last week, a Sydney couple who earn $20,000 a month as Set for Life lotto winners, revealed they go out to breakfast for scrambled eggs on the 15th of each month to plan how they will “keep living life to the fullest” with their prize.