Louisiana Couple Discovers They're Millionaires While Cleaning The House Before Thanksgiving

November 24, 2018

A Louisiana couple was tidying up their house this week before relatives arrived for Thanksgiving and found something to be very thankful for: a $1.8 million jackpot winning lottery ticket.

couple finds winning lottery ticket while cleaning for thanksgiving
Credit: WDSU News

While cleaning, Tina and Harold Ehrenberg came across some old, unchecked lottery tickets. One of them, a ticket from back in June, was a winner worth $1.8 million.

"We have family coming into town for Thanksgiving, so I was cleaning up the house and found a few lottery tickets on my nightstand that we hadn't checked," Tina said during the couple’s trip to lottery headquarters on Nov. 19.

The Ehrenbergs found the ticket just in time, as it was set to expire in two weeks.

couple finds winning lottery ticket while cleaning for thanksgiving

Tina and Harold received $1,274,313 after state and federal tax withholding. Officials said the two plan to put away the money for retirement.

"We don't have any plans to buy anything crazy or go on any big trips," Tina told WDSU.

"The most fun is going to be depositing that check," Harold added.

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