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Woman Wins $5K Diamond But Accidentally Swallows It First (Bet You Won't Guess How She Got It Back)

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"We were laughing and talking when I realized I swallowed it."

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At the bottom of nearly every $20 glass of champagne at a woman's club event in Florida was a cubic zirconia, diamond-shaped rock. But one glass held the real deal -- a 1.03 carat diamond.

Instead of the lucky woman attending the Fashionollia event hosted by the Tampa Woman's Club for its 65th year excitedly announcing she found the stone valued at $5,000, the Tampa Bay Times reported the room was silent.

"We knew the winner had to be at one of two tables," one of the event organizers and jeweler Joy Pierson told the Times.

An 80-year-old woman later admitted she decided she didn't want to stick her finger in the glass to retrieve the object, but thought she would drink down to the stone. When she swallowed it, she didn't think she would have to tell anyone, thinking someone else would likely have the real diamond.

"We were laughing and talking when I realized I swallowed it. What a dumb thing," Miriam Tucker said.

In a stroke of good luck though -- if you would call it that -- the Times reported that Tucker was scheduled for a colonoscopy a few days later. Sure enough, Tucker's doctor found the stone.

The diamond was cleaned, polished and taken home.

"All's well that ends well," Tucker said, recounting the popular saying her son often uses.

Watch this report about the incident:

But this isn't the only diamond that has been swallowed of late. In a criminal case, a man entered a jewelry store in New Hampshire, inquiring about an engagement ring. When presented with an option, he took off but the store's door was locked. That's when he swallowed it instead. The man was taken to the hospital where the ring was passed and the jeweler later put it up for a charity auction.

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