Va. Woman Claims $100k Lottery Prize Hours Before Deadline

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013  |  Updated 4:51 PM EDT
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Va. Woman Claims $100k Lottery Prize Hours Before Deadline

It’s been a six-month long mystery—who owned the unclaimed $100,000 lottery ticket?

At the close of business hours Tuesday, that Virginia Lottery ticket was going to expire and its winnings would go to an educational fund in Virginia.

But four hours before the deadline, a carpet saleswoman from Alexandria stepped forward.

Karen Gentry bought a Cash 5 ticket on Easy Pick nearly six months ago before tossing it in a box in her kitchen and forgetting about it.

That’s until she saw a news report on NBC4 that a ticket worth $100,000 was expiring at 5 p.m. that day.

“So I looked, and there it was!” Lottery officials quoted Gentry in a press release. "I called my husband and he said, 'Yeah, right.'"

Winning tickets in Virginia expire 180 days after drawing. Gentry arrived at the Lottery’s Northern Virginia Customer Service Center in Woodbridge right before 1 p.m.

Gentry, who said she usually checks her lottery numbers, said she had no immediate plans for the money.

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