A Louisiana couple who cleaned their home before Thanksgiving this week found over a million reasons to be grateful this holiday season – a winning lottery prize worth $ 1.8 million – two weeks before the prize was due at
Harold and Tina Ehrenberg met some lottery tickets at their nightclub on November 17 while cleaning up before the family arrived for vacation, Louisiana Lottery officials said in a statement. The couple, who never checked their numbers, visited the lottery side and realized that a ticket had all the matching numbers.
“At first, I thought we might have made a mistake, wrongly read the numbers or expiration date,” said Harold ABC News. “So we watched it a number of times and certainly the correct numbers. It was quite exciting.”
The couple realized they had almost lost their happiness. Lottery was June 6th and left the couple with just two weeks to claim their profits, officials said.
Prizes for game play must be claimed within 180 days after signing the prize won according to the lottery statement.
Successfully claiming the jackpot and paying federal and state tax breaks-the pair went away with $ 1,274,313 in profits, the New Orleans Times Picayune reported.
“We have no plans to buy something crazy or go on some big trips,” says Tina Ehrenberg.
“The funniest will deposit that check!” Harold Ehrenberg added.