When Carol Jones, 66, bought a ticket for the February 25, EuroMillions draw she popped it in her handbag and it never saw the light of day until last weekend when she went on a shopping trip and found it at the bottom of her handbag.
"I just thought I had better check the ticket but I never believed it would be a winner," Jones said.
When Jones checked her ticket she discovered she was the EuroMillions Millionaire Draw winner the UK National Lottery had been searching for five weeks.
Jones has now taken an early retirement and is considering buying a new bungalow and taking her husband Harold on a safari holiday.
"This is just a lovely amount to be able to retire on and for us to get the house of our dreams, have a wonderful holiday and lots of retirement luxuries," she said.