Elderly Woman Accidentally Swallows $5,000 Diamond

Well, this doesn’t happen every day:

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.

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.


Already scheduled for a colonoscopy on Monday, she had a doctor recover the jewel.

Well, it all worked out in the end.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. tps says:

    James Bond “Diamonds are Forever”:
    Felix:”I give up. I know the diamonds are in the body, but where?”
    Bond: “Alimentary, Dr. Leiter.”

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Well, it all worked out in the end.

    OUCH!!!! Bad pun Doug. Really bad. I love it.