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Oblivious lottery winner carried $39M ticket in purse for nearly six weeks

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July 28 (UPI) — A German woman who won a lottery jackpot of about $39 million said she carried the ticket in her purse for nearly six weeks before discovering it was a winner.

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The 45-year-old Lower Franconia woman told Lotto Bayern officials she bought a ticket for the June 9 Lotto 6aus49 drawing and stowed it in her purse, forgetting to check it until she decided to play the lottery again nearly a month later.

The woman discovered she was the sole jackpot winner from the drawing, matching all seven numbers. She won a nearly $39 million jackpot.

“I still get dizzy at the thought that I carelessly carried almost [$39 million] around in my purse for several weeks,” the winner told lottery officials.

Officials said the jackpot was the second highest in the 75-year history of Lotto Bayern.

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The woman said she plans to give up buying lottery tickets, as the jackpot will be plenty for her to live comfortably with her husband and daughter.

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