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'I Am Blessed': Woman Finds $100,000 Forgotten Powerball Ticket While 'Going Through Papers' The 75-year-old retiree from Virginia plans to deposit the money directly to her bank account.

By Madeline Garfinkle

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Some routine cleaning led a 75-year-old woman to a six-figure winning lottery ticket.

Two months after the numbers were drawn, while "going through papers," a Springfield, Virginia woman found a forgotten Powerball ticket worth $100,000. She claimed her prize at the Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore last week, the Virginia Lottery reported.

"This is wonderful," the woman said upon collecting. "I am just blessed."

The winning ticket was originally purchased on July 19 during Powerball's frenzied rise that hit $1.08 billion — and was won that evening by a single-ticket winner in California.

Related: He Won the $2 Billion Powerball Jackpot. Now He's Snatching Up Swanky Homes Across Los Angeles.

The woman said she picked numbers at random before matching four and the Powerball, which secured the game's $50,000 third-tier prize. But she had also opted for the Power Play with a 2X multiplier, which doubled her prize to $100,000. The winning numbers for the July 19 Powerball drawing were 7, 10, 11, 13, and 24, with the Powerball number also 24.

She intends to deposit her windfall into her bank account and consult with family members.

The next Powerball drawing is Wednesday night, September 27, with a jackpot of $835 million, the fourth-largest prize in the game's history.

Madeline Garfinkle

News Writer

Madeline Garfinkle is a News Writer at She is a graduate from Syracuse University, and received an MFA from Columbia University. 

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