Handbags often hold a surprising number of objects, and on many occasions the clutter build-up can be significant.
A woman in Ireland decided it was time to clean hers out, and her efforts paid off handsomely.
Among the myriad items was a two-week old winning lottery ticket worth roughly €139,025 (£118,275).
The woman told lottery office reporters: "My handbag was bulging and I decided to clear the load yesterday.
"There were a few Lotto tickets in there. I'd just seen the news that the big jackpot was won... but I thought, sure you never know, there might be a few quid on these."
She scanned them at an area store, and was shocked when instructed to contact the National Lottery.
The woman picked up her big prize on Monday.