Woman's $3 million lottery ticket spent months in pile of losers

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |  Nov. 20, 2017 at 11:40 AM
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Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A Colorado woman whose months-old scratch-off lottery ticket was rejected from a second chance drawing discovered it was actually a $3 million winner.

The Colorado Lottery said a woman named Linda told officials she bought the $45,000,000 Golden Jubilee ticket, a $50 Series game, from a Safeway store in Firestone in July.

Linda scratched off the ticket and, thinking it wasn't a winner, put it into a pile with her other losing tickets to enter in Second-Chance drawings.

The woman said she recently picked up the stack of tickets and to scan them with the Colorado Lottery's app and enter them in the Second Chance drawing, but the Golden Jubilee ticket was rejected by the app.

Linda took a closer look at the ticket and discovered it was a $3 million top prize winner.

"How crazy is that!? If Linda didn't participate in our Second-Chance drawings, the ticket would have gone in the trash. Congratulations, Linda!" the Colorado Lottery said.

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