Lucky Woman Finds Winning Lotto Ticket After Cleaning Out Her Purse

Cierra Bailey
One very fortunate Irish woman is $157,418 richer after she found a two-week-old winning lottery ticket buried inside of her purse while cleaning it out.

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A woman from Kilkenny, Ireland got the surprise of a lifetime after recently cleaning out her handbag.

Instead of the typical treasures one would expect to find, such as a $5 dollar bill you never spent or a piece of candy still perfectly sealed that you never ate, this woman stumbled upon a lottery ticket worth €139,025 or about $157,418 US dollars.

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The winning ticket was buried in her bag for at least two weeks before she rediscovered it, according to Mashable.

"My handbag was bulging and I decided to clear the load yesterday," she told reporters at the National Lottery Office. "There were a few lotto tickets in there.  I'd just seen the news that the big jackpot was won in Leitrim but I thought, sure you never know, there might be a few quid on these."

When she found all of her old tickets and brought them to a local store to have them checked for possible winnings, she was advised to contact the National Lottery Office.

"When I found out how much I won, I was absolutely delighted," the woman reportedly said.

The unnamed woman’s good fortune is something most of us only dream about. She had no idea that a mundane task such as cleaning out her purse would make her $157,418 richer.

Let this woman’s pleasant surprise serve as a metaphorical reminder that great things can come from restoring some order in our lives.

Whether it’s literally cleaning out a closet, purse, or drawer, clearing out negative people from your life, or removing yourself from a chaotic situation — there may be life changing hidden treasures beneath all the trash or behind all the drama.  

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