TAMPA (CBSMiami/AP) — A Florida woman, hoping to win a one-carat, $5,000 diamond at a Tampa Women’s Club charity event, ended up swallowing her prize in a flute of champagne.
The idea behind the charity event was simple. For $20, you could buy a flute of champagne and a chance to win the grand prize, a one-carat, $5,000 diamond.
Organizers of the Saturday event placed $10 cubic zirconia stones in the bottom of 399 of the 400 champagne glasses. The prized diamond, donated by Continental Wholesale Diamonds, was placed in the last.
The problem? Eighty-year-old Miriam Tucker accidentally swallowed it.
Tucker told local news media that she didn’t want to put her finger in the champagne, so she drank a bit. While laughing with women at the table, she realized she swallowed it.
Embarrassed, she had to tell jewelers who were frantically searching for the winner.
Already scheduled for a colonoscopy on Monday, she had a doctor recover the jewel.
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