A woman remembered that she purchased a lottery ticket, which turned out to be a winner, only hours before the ticket was set to expire.

Karen Gentry of Alexandria, Va., just happened to see a news report that a Virginia Cash 5 winning ticket worth $100,000 was only hours from expiring, reported Yahoo. The television reporter asked viewers, "Would you leave a $100,000 lying around on your coffee table for anyone to grab? One Virginia Lottery player may be unknowingly doing just that."

Gentry remembered that she'd bought a ticket a few months back and dug it out. It was a winner.

By law, lottery tickets expire 180 days after the drawing.

Biggest U.S. lottery jackpots

Published On: Nov 28 2012 10:21:40 AM CST   Updated On: Jul 28 2016 09:39:36 AM CDT

After Wednesday night's Powerball drawing didn't produce a winner, Saturday's jackpot is now up to $478 million. Click on to see where that falls among the top 10 all-time U.S. lottery jackpots.

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After Wednesday night's Powerball drawing didn't produce a winner, Saturday's jackpot is now up to $478 million. Click on to see where that falls among the top 10 all-time U.S. lottery jackpots.