A German woman who won a $39 million lottery jackpot said she kept the ticket in her purse for nearly six weeks before discovering it was a winner.
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 drawing’s sole jackpot winner after matching all seven numbers. She was the lucky winner of a nearly $39 million jackpot.
“I’m still dizzy thinking about how carelessly I carried almost [$39 million] around in my purse for several weeks,” the winner told lottery officials.
The jackpot was the second largest in Lotto Bayern’s 75-year history, according to officials.
The woman stated that she intends to stop purchasing lottery tickets because the jackpot will be sufficient for her to live comfortably with her husband and daughter.