Holiday housecleaning bonus: $1.8M lottery ticket

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) — A New Orleans couple who wanted their home to be tidy for Thanksgiving guests really cleaned up: They found a $1.8 million Lotto ticket on a nightstand.

The Louisiana Lottery Commission said in a news release that if Harold and Tina Ehrenberg of Mandeville had found the ticket two weeks later, it would have been too late.

Their winning number was drawn on June 6, and prizes must be claimed within 180 days.

After state and federal taxes were deducted, the couple’s check came to nearly $1.3 million. They said they’d save it for retirement.

The Metairie (MET-uh-ree) store where they bought the ticket received a bonus of just under $18,000.

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