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Oops! Woman accidentally swallows $5,000 diamond at charity event

The idea behind the Tampa Women's Club charity event was simple. For $20, you could buy a flute of champagne and a chance to win 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.

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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.