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Seattle car burglar overlooks lottery ticket worth $1 million

The couple said the lottery ticket was right underneath a pair of sunglasses stolen by the burglar.

By Ben Hooper
A Powerball lottery ticket. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/a7142f072b718ee6708a9b1a79670fc1/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
A Powerball lottery ticket. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

SEATTLE, May 28 (UPI) -- A Seattle couple said a burglar stole a pair of sunglasses from their car, but ignored something far more valuable -- a $1 million winning Powerball ticket.

The couple, who requested anonymity, said they forgot to check the numbers on their Powerball ticket after it failed to win the $350 million jackpot in February's drawing.

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"We didn't even think about a second chance prize," the couple told Washington's Lottery officials. They said the ticket sat in their car for about three months.

"Someone broke into our car a few weeks ago and stole a pair of sunglasses," the couple said. "The stolen sunglasses were actually sitting atop the winning ticket. What a close call!"

The couple checked the numbers on the ticket May 14 and discovered they had won a $1 million second chance prize.

"Well, we already popped a bottle of champagne! We're also planning a trip to Paris and Iceland for this year. Other than that, I think we'll just take care of our house," the couple said.

The Seattle Imam's store that sold the ticket will receive a $10,000 selling bonus, the lottery said.

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The burglar, meanwhile, will have to make do with a pair of used sunglasses.

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