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Woman finds spam email saying she'd won £2,500,000 on lottery – and it was true

An American woman nearly missed out on winning $3.3 million (£2.2 million) – after a lottery email ended up in her spam folder.

Laura Spears, of Oakland County in Michigan, had bought a Mega Millions ticket on December 31 last year.

Weeks later, while searching for a missing email from a friend, she stumbled upon the news that she had won.

The email had ended up in her spam folder and, if she hadn’t spotted it, could have been automatically deleted after 30 days.

Laura, 55, told Sky News: ‘I saw an ad on Facebook that the Mega Millions jackpot was getting pretty high, so I got on my account and bought a ticket.

‘A few days later, I was looking for a missing email from someone, so I checked the spam folder in my email account.

‘That’s when I saw an email from the lottery saying I had won a prize. I couldn’t believe what I was reading, so I logged in to my lottery account to confirm the message in the email.

‘It’s all still so shocking to me that I really won $3 million.’

The lucky winner now has plans to share the cash with family and retire early.

And she’s made a vow to make sure nothing similiar happens again.

She said: ‘I definitely added the Michigan Lottery to my safe senders list just in case I ever get lucky enough to receive another email about a huge prize,’ she said.

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