Published October 30, 2013
That’s a nice chunk of spare change.
A Virginia woman who bought a lottery ticket six months ago and tossed it in a box, forgetting about it, discovered that it was a $100,000 winner Tuesday and cashed it in hours before it expired.
Karen Gentry, a carpet saleswoman from Alexandria, said she checked the Cash 5 ticket again after seeing a television news report that the winner had still not come forward.
The winning numbers matched her ticket.
"I called my husband and he said, 'Yeah, right,” Gentry said in a press release. “I always check the numbers, so I’m amazed I missed it."
Gentry arrived at the lottery’s Northern Virginia Customer Service Center in Woodbridge at 1 p.m. to claim her prize, four hours before the ticket would have met its 180-day expiration date.
She has no immediate plans on what she will do with the money.