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Woman Unaware She Had $39M Lottery Ticket in Purse for Weeks

Lotto Bayern said the 45-year-old woman was the sole winner of a draw on June 9, having correctly guessed seven fields on a German lottery ticket

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Lottery officials say a woman in Germany carried a winning ticket in her purse for weeks without realizing it was worth about 33 million euros ($39 million).

Lotto Bayern said Wednesday that the 45-year-old woman was the sole winner of a draw on June 9, having correctly guessed seven fields on a German lottery ticket.

It quoted the woman, who wasn't named, saying “I still get dizzy at the thought that I carelessly carried almost 33 million euros around in my purse for several weeks.”

The mother of one had picked random numbers on the 1.20-euro lottery ticket and doesn't plan to play again, saying the win was “more than enough for my husband, my daughter and me," the company quoted her as saying.

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It said she plans to use her lucky windfall to live a healthy life and do more for the environment.

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