Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A Maryland woman said a missing Mega Millions ticket that ended up taking a trip through the washing machine turned out to be a $10,002 winner.
The 24-year-old Lusby woman told Maryland Lottery officials she bought several Mega Millions tickets when the jackpot was approaching record levels and she discovered after the Oct. 12 drawing that one of her tickets was missing.
"I couldn't find that last ticket. I had no idea where it was," the woman said.
She said it wasn't until last week when she discovered the ticket had taken a trip through the washing machine with a load of clothes.
"I realized that it had gone in the wash by accident. It was folded up with clothes we hadn't worn since then," the winner said.
She said the ticket was luckily still legible.
"I checked the numbers on the lottery app and was blown away. I couldn't believe my eyes," the woman said.
The woman said the money will go toward buying Christmas and birthday gifts for her son.