You know how a lot of emails you don't want to read end up in your junk mail folder? That folder is usually underneath your inbox, and you may not even know it's there.
If you set up your account to screen out spam, and all the other nonsense people send you that you don't need, it's filed as junk. Which is good because it's a time-saver. The fewer "You may have won" emails you have to suffer through, the better.
Except, as it turns out, on rare occasions you really want those junk emails. Or, in the case of a woman who's now $150,000 richer, something she could really use. And deserved.
Helen Garner, an author based in Australia, discovered she'd won a prestigious award and $150,000 when she was checking her junk mail.
It turns out that it was from Yale University, letting her know that she had legitimately won their Windham-Campbell literary prize. The university was asking for it, though.
Their email had a lot of junk-mail-sounding phrases in it like "good news." A couple of other winners thought it was junk mail. Fortunately, Yale follows up its emails with phone calls.