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Winning lottery ticket almost ends up at auto detailer

By Ben Hooper
Winning lottery ticket almost ends up at auto detailer
A New Jersey couple said they almost forgot to take their winning lottery ticket out of their Jeep before taking it to get detailed. Photo by Robert Lessmann/Shutterstock

July 13 (UPI) -- A New Jersey couple said a lottery ticket worth nearly $90,000 almost ended up taking a trip to the auto detailer.

Gary Fuentes of Carteret told New Jersey Lottery officials she and her husband bought a Jersey Cash 5 ticket and a Mega Millions ticket at the local Cooke Avenue Food Mart and the two tickets ended up being left in their Jeep to be checked later.

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Fuentes said her husband took the Jeep to be detailed the following weekend and nearly forgot to grab the tickets before leaving the vehicle behind.

She said it was a good thing he kept the tickets safe, as the Cash 5 ticket turned out to be an $87,373 winner.

The couple said they plan to use some of the cash for a down payment on a house and the rest will go into savings.

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