Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A Louisiana couple cleaning their home for Thanksgiving found a $1.8 million lottery ticket that was only two weeks from expiring.
Harold and Tina Ehrenberg of Mandeville told Louisiana Lottery officials they were giving their house a thorough cleaning in advance of relatives coming to visit for Thanksgiving when they discovered a small pile of unchecked lottery tickets.
The couple went online to check the tickets and discovered one of them had won $1.8 million in the June 6 Louisiana Lottery Lotto drawing.
"We kept checking the numbers again and again!" Harold said.
"Plus, I called the winning numbers hotline over and over," Tina said.
The couple were told by lottery officials that they claimed their prize just in time -- the ticket was only two weeks from expiring.
The Ehrenbergs said they plan to save most of the money for retirement.
"We don't have any plans to buy anything crazy or go on any big trips," Tina said.
"The most fun is going to be depositing that check!" Harold said.