A Mandeville couple got a big surprise while doing some housecleaning this week.
Harold and Tina Ehrenberg claimed a $1.8 million jackpot winning ticket for the June 6 drawing, officials with the Louisiana Lottery said Tuesday.
The Ehrenbergs only had two weeks to spare before the prize was set to expire.
“We have family coming into town for Thanksgiving, so I was cleaning up the house and found a few lottery tickets on my nightstand that we hadn’t checked,” Tina Ehrenberg said during the couple’s trip to lottery headquarters on Nov. 19.
Officials said the couple visited the lottery’s website to see if they were winners and noticed the ticket matched all the numbers.
The Ehrenbergs claimed their prize just in time, as the giant jackpot-winning ticket was set to expire only two weeks later, officials said. Prizes for draw-style games must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing in which the prize was won.
The winning ticket was purchased at International Market on Baronne Street in Metairie.
The Ehrenbergs received $1,274,313 after state and federal tax withholding. Officials said the two plan to put away the money for retirement.
“We don’t have any plans to buy anything crazy or go on any big trips,” Tina Ehrenberg said.
“The most fun is going to be depositing that check,” Harold Ehrenberg said.
More information about the Louisiana Lottery can be found online.