A lotto winner who thought she was out of luck when her ticket was lost in the post is "thrilled to death" after finally receiving her prize.
Sue Burgess, 62, received her $1,000 check and said it was her "happy ending" after her story was aired on TV this week.
She will finally get to fix her broken washer and get new car tyres having won Florida state's Second Chance Lottery in July.
Sue, of Ridge Manor, told The Post newspaper: “I’m just thrilled to death that the lottery commission sent me the check.
“Now we have a happy ending."
She had been left "horrified" after officials said she'd have to forfeit her prize when it didn't arrive in the post, the NY Post reports.
Helpless Sue appealed for help from her local NBC affiliate WFLA’s consumer help segment called Better Call Behnken.
Her story aired earlier this week and FedEx arrived Wednesday at her doorstep with the check from the lottery commission.
The saga started when she followed instructions on her ticket to send it by certified mail to the Lottery Commission.
Her local lottery offices were closed due to the pandemic but she didn't hear back from them for weeks.
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She was "horrified" to discover it had never arrived when she got in touch with officials.
They told her she was out of luck when the postal service was unable to locate the lost ticket.
Sue said, “their response was ‘No ticket, no prize”.
The debacle with the US Postal Service saw the money go to an alternate winner.
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