A woman in Germany carried around a lottery ticket worth $39 million in her purse for weeks without realizing it

The logo and the lettering 'Lotto Bayern' can be seen at the company building of the Lotto headquarters.
The logo and the lettering ‘Lotto Bayern’ can be seen at the company building of the Lotto headquarters. Sven Hoppe/picture alliance via Getty Images
  • A woman in Germany won a jackpot worth $US39 ($AU53) million USD after carrying around the winning ticket for weeks.
  • German lottery company Lotto Bayern announced she was the sole winner of a draw that took place on June 9.
  • The woman told the company that she gets “dizzy” at the thought that she “carelessly carried almost 33 million euros around in my purse.”
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A woman in Germany carried a winning lottery ticket from June worth $US39 ($AU53) million in US dollars for weeks without realizing it.

German lottery company Lotto Bayern announced a 45-year-old mother of one, who was not named, was the sole winner of a draw that took place on June 9. The winning ticket, which sells for 1.20-euro, was worth 33 million euros, which equates to a little more than $US39 ($AU53) million USD.

“I still get dizzy at the thought that I carelessly carried almost 33 million euros around in my purse for several weeks,” the company quoted the woman saying, citing a report by the Associated Press.

She said she doesn’t plan on playing the lottery again, saying the jackpot was “more than enough for my husband, my daughter and me,” according to the company announcement in the AP report. The woman said she plans to use the money “to live a healthy life and do more for the environment,” AP reported.