The United States Treasury does not make $1 million bills, but people can buy souvenirs of such a bill at some stores, police said.
"It looks real, but of course there's nothing real about this," Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton said Tuesday. "People do crazy things all the time. I think it's just another example of some odd things that occur."
A clerk at the store immediately noticed the bill was fake when 35-year-old Alice Regina Pike handed it to her on Friday, Cotton said.
Pike then tried to use two gift cards with only $2.32 of value on them to buy the merchandise, but when that didn't work she again asked if the clerk could cash the $1 million bill, Cotton said. The store then called police.
Pike told authorities her husband, Madison Demaria, had given her the bills, according to a police report posted on The Smoking Gun. The report says Pike told police her husband was traveling and she did not know where he was.
Pike, of Porterdale, was charged with forgery. There was no listing for her phone number in directory assistance, and she could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Covington is 32 miles southeast of Atlanta.