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New York woman makes second Florida trip to collect lottery jackpot

New York woman makes second Florida trip to collect lottery jackpot
Dagmar Schmalhaus, 57, of Queensbury, N.Y., said she arrived home after a trip to visit her brother in Florida and discovered she had forgotten to scratch off a lottery ticket she purchased during her vacation. She ended up making a second trip to the sunshine state to collect a $1 million lottery jackpot. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

April 6 (UPI) -- A New York woman said she arrived home from visiting Florida and soon discovered she had to make a return trip to collect a $1 million lottery jackpot.

Dagmar Schmalhaus, 57, of Queensbury, N.Y., told Florida Lottery officials she bought a 200X The Cash scratch-off ticket from Hollywood Discount Liquors in Hollywood, Fla., while she was visiting her brother.

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Schmalhaus said she was unpacking from the trip when she discovered the still-unscratched ticket.

"I bought the ticket while visiting my brother and forgot to scratch it until returning home to New York," Schmalhaus said.

The ticket turned out to be a $1 million top prize winner, leading Schmalhaus to schedule a second trip to Florida so she could visit lottery headquarters in Tallahassee and collect her prize, which she accepted as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $890,000.

Schmalhaus said she knows what she is going to do with her winnings.

"Once I realized I won $1 million, I told myself the first thing I want to do is pay off my brother's house," she said.

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