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Pensioner wins $5,000 diamond… then swallows it

Luckily, she was already scheduled for a colonoscopy.

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THE IDEA BEHIND the charity event was simple. For $20, you could buy a flute of champagne and a chance to win a one-carat, $5,000 diamond.

Organisers of last Saturday’s event at the Women’s Club in Tampa, Florida placed $10 cubic zirconia stones in the bottom of 399 of the 400 champagne glasses. The prize 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 realised she had swallowed it.

Embarrassed, she had to tell jewellers 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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