"Me and my husband buy a Powerball ticket for every drawing, and we always knew we would win big," Elizalde said. "I purchased a Powerball ticket as usual, and I gave it to my husband to hold on to. A week after the drawing my husband found the ticket in his coat pocket and realized we had never checked it."
The couple took the ticket to a local store to scan it -- and they were in for a seven-digit surprise.
"We went to the store to scan it and got a message to file a claim. When we checked the numbers online and realized we'd won $1 million, we were in shock! We always had a feeling this day would come and now that it's here, it feels surreal," she said.
Elizalde said some of the money will go toward paying bills, some will pay for her children's education and the rest will go into savings.