Germany’s state-run lotto can finally breathe a sigh of relief after their 9th June jackpot winner came forward to claim their prize.

The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, confessed that the Lotto 6aus49 ticket had been sitting in her purse the whole time.

“I still get dizzy at the thought that I carelessly carried almost 33 million euros around in my purse for several weeks,” the winner said through a statement from the German lottery operator.

Not everyone is as lucky as this woman, according to research from Money.CNN, approximately €2.5 billion euros worth of tickets are failed to be cashed on an annual basis. According to data, up to 10 people a year miss out on becoming millionaires because they failed to redeem their tickets before the deadline.

Recently a woman in California missed out on a Mega Millions $26M jackpot after accidentally rinsing the ticket in the washer. Although she contacted the relevant operator she was told there was little to be done if she couldn’t prove she had a copy of the winning ticket.

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