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.

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POSTED: 09:21 AM MST Nov 28, 2012    UPDATED: 09:25 AM MST Jan 12, 2016 

With Wednesday's Powerball drawing now set at $1.5 billion, the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, take a look at the current top 10 jackpots of all time.

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With Wednesday's Powerball drawing now set at $1.5 billion, the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, take a look at the current top 10 jackpots of all time.