Without realizing it, a woman in Germany had been carrying a winning lottery ticket worth $39 million in US dollars since June.

Lotto Bayern, a German lottery organization, stated that a 45-year-old mother of one, who has not been identified, was the single winner of a draw held on June 9. The winning ticket, which costs 1.20 euros, was worth 33 million euros, or little over $39 million in US dollars.

"I still get dizzy at the thought that I carelessly carried almost 33 million euros around in my purse for several weeks," the company quoted the woman saying, citing a report by the Associated Press.

She said that she does not intend to play the lottery again. She said that the prize was "more than enough for my husband, my kid, and me." According to the Associated Press, the woman hopes to use the money "to live a healthy life and do more for the environment."

WIONews said this story reminded internet users of the woman who could not claim her lottery prize. It was a SuperLotto Plus ticket purchased in November at a convenience store in Norwalk, Los Angeles.

The winning ticket went missing when the woman claimed she washed the ticket in her laundry by accident.

Authorities told the woman to present compelling, solid proof she had the ticket.

Another UK woman won £1 million (approximately $1.397 million) on a lottery ticket she purchased after becoming bored as her husband was engrossed in the Euro 2020 football tournament.

Last October, a California lady who dumped a winning $26 million ticket in the wash had considerably better success than the unintended winner.

Experts said that billions of dollars in lottery winners go unclaimed every year in the United States alone.

According to The Lotter, two of the greatest unclaimed winning tickets in history were purchased in New York City: a $68 million Mega Millions ticket purchased in Queens in 2002 and a $46 million ticket purchased in Brooklyn in 2006.

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The Mega Millions Jackpot has risen to at least $75 million ahead of the drawing to be held on late Tuesday, Feb. 22. This is a representational image. UNSPLASH

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