The 45-year-old was unaware that she had won the golden ticket since June 9, before cashing it with Lotto Bayern, officials said on Wednesday.
The anonymous winner correctly guessed seven fields on a 1.20 euro banknote and took home 33 million euros as the only winner of the draw.
“I’m still dizzy at the idea that I carelessly carried nearly 33 million euros in my handbag for several weeks,” said the mother of one of them, according to the agency. German games.
The lucky one picked the numbers at random and said the win was “more than enough for my husband, daughter and I,” adding that she planned to use the money to help protect the environment.
It’s unclear how she ultimately found out she was a 39 times drawing millionaire.
The inadvertent winner was much luckier than a California woman who threw away a winning $ 26 million bill last fall.
Billions of dollars in lottery winnings go unclaimed each year in the United States alone, experts say.
According to The Lotter, two of the biggest unclaimed winning tickets of all time were bought in New York, a $ 68 million Mega Millions ticket bought in Queens in 2002 and a $ 46 million ticket bought in Brooklyn in 2002. 2006 both have expired, according to The Lotter.
With AP wires