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Louisiana Couple Found $1.8 Million Lottery Ticket While Prepping for Thanksgiving

25 November 2018, 09:16 | Kelvin Horton

Image Harold and Tina Ehrenberg with their prize. Pic Louisiana Lottery Corporation

Harold and Tina Ehrenberg with their prize. Pic Louisiana Lottery

A New Orleans couple who wanted their home to be tidy for Thanksgiving guests really cleaned up: They found a $1.8 million Lotto ticket on a nightstand.

A Louisiana couple preparing to welcome their family for Thanksgiving were cleaning their home this week when they found an unexpected surprise: a winning lottery ticket worth almost $2 million. The drawing for the ticket was on June 6.

"I handed the ticket to him said I said, 'I'm gonna call out the numbers and let me know what you think, '" she added.

"The most fun is going to be depositing that check", Harold Ehrenberg reportedly said. Theirs was the only winning ticket.

He said he kept expecting something to go wrong before they were able to officially claim the prize.

The couple found the winning Louisiana Lottery ticket just in time, too, as it was set to expire in two weeks.

Had they waited two more weeks, they'd have gotten zip; the window to claim the prize - 180 days - would have closed.

It's a holiday fairytale ending for the couple, who said they plan to save the windfall- $1,274,313 after state and federal taxes - for retirement.

The Ehrenberg's plan to save the winnings for retirement, rather than blow it all, saying, "We don't have any plans to buy anything insane or go on any big trips".

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