Cynthia Radosavljevic matched all five of the numbers drawn, but failed to get the Mega Ball, in the Mega Millions drawing on January 21.
Radosavljevic explained to lottery officials that her day began badly when her lack of medical insurance had meant she failed to get a blood test. Then a few hours later her son rang her up and told her she was the holder of a $1 million lottery ticket.
After taxes Radosavljevic will be left with $710,000. She plans to share her prize with her brother and pay off her debts.