We’ve all heard the familiar jackpot hopeful’s mantra, “you can’t win if you don’t play.”
But you also can’t win if you forget about your tickets, leaving them to dust and loneliness somewhere around the house.
But thanks to some good old-fashioned housecleaning, a Louisiana couple is now $1.8 million richer.
Tina and Harold Ehrenberg, from Mandeville, Louisiana, were preparing to receive company during Thanksgiving. This meant tackling some household chores, which turned out to have a massive payout.
When Tina began cleaning the house, she stumbled upon some forgotten lottery tickets the couple had purchased back in June.
The 180-day ticket expiration date was only two weeks away, and the couple went online to see if they perhaps had a winning ticket.
Tina said she called out the numbers while her husband held the tickets in hand, never expecting to win the actual jackpot.
The Ehrenbergs were stunned and thrilled when one of their tickets was a precise match, making them $1.8 million richer.
The couple took a trip to the Louisiana lottery headquarters to hold their check and soak in the incredible moment.
After taxes, the couple expects to take in $1.27 million, WDSU-TV reported.
While the big win has left the Ehrenbergs grinning like a couple of Cheshire cats, they remain steadfast and controlled in how they plan to manage the money.
Rather than blow it all on a huge purchase, the couple is looking toward their future. Louisiana lottery officials told WDSU that the Ehrenbergs plan to put all the money toward their retirement.
“We don’t have any plans to buy anything crazy or go on any big trips,” Tina said.
But they are looking forward to seeing their retirement accounts receive a huge boost.
“The most fun is going to be depositing that check,” Harold added.
As the couple sat down with WDSU staff to chat about their winnings, Tina offered a message to those watching.
“The moral of the story is, check your tickets. Don’t wait,” she said with a huge grin on her face.
Also, now might be a good time to get started on those household chores.
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