Sun, Mar 19, 10:39am by Staff Writer
Lotto players all over the planet engage in various rituals, but perhaps the most common of all involves using the birthdates of family or friends as numbers.
Of course, that sentimental strategy doesn’t offer any additional opportunity to beat the odds, but for one lucky Tasmanian woman, birthdays brought her a AUD$1 million gift.
Hailing from New Norfolk, the woman – who has chosen to remain anonymous at this time – told Tatts Lotto officials that she had been playing regularly for the last few years, always adding the birthdates of family members on one of her tickets.
Last week, she purchased a System 7 entry from New Norfolk Pharmacy, located at 6 High Street in New Norfolk, before settling in to see what fate had in store.
And on Monday, March 13, when the Monday & Wednesday TattsLotto Draw #3642 dispensed numbers 19, 13, 6, 33, 38, and 14, those regular numbers aligned perfectly to make her Australia’s newest millionaire.
She described the sensation of scoring such a large jackpot to Tatts Lotto officials shortly after receiving the good news:
“I’m so excited! I’m bursting with excitement! I started checking my numbers and was just sitting there staring and then started thinking ‘No! There’s something wrong here!’
We’ve been waiting to speak to Tatts this morning as we just couldn’t convince ourselves that this was true!”
Asked about her plans for the newfound fortune, the winner talked excitedly, yet cautiously, about her desire to pay off a mortgage note and assist family:
“We’re going to figure it all out before we do anything. We’ve got people we want to help, but we want to get it right.”
While that woman celebrates her life-changing win, another player entitled to a massive $1 million payout has yet to claim their prize.
Tatts Lotto officials are on the lookout for the winner of the Set for Life contest’s first-prize payout, following Draw #565 on Tuesday, February 21.
An unregistered ticket – bearing the winning numbers of 34, 17, 33, 28, 32, 4, 27, and 1 – was sold by the St. George Tobacconist, a cigar store located at 15 Railway Parade in the Sydney suburb of Kogarah.
The owner of that ticket will receive installment payments of $20,000 per month over the next 20 years, but they haven’t stepped forward to this point, leaving lotto officials like Set for Life spokesperson Matt Hart to sound the alarm:
“The possibilities of what you could do each month for the next 20 years are endless! Imagine the things you could do and the places you could go if you had the opportunity to plot out on your calendar what you planned to do with your $20,000 windfall each month!
We’re urging any Set for Life players who purchased an unregistered entry in the Sydney suburb of Kogarah to check their entry as soon as possible because they could be the 1st Prize winner we’re waiting to hear from!
Hart also offered clear instructions to those who may have the winning ticket on hand:
“We recommend that anyone who believes they are holding a winning ticket to keep it in a safe place and contact NSW Lotteries on 131 868 immediately to start the prize claim process.”
Minh Tran, owner of the tobacconist which dispensed the winning ticket, is doing her part to jog the jackpot holder’s memory:
“I’ve put a sign up and some balloons to try and grab people’s attention and hopefully remind the winner to check their ticket!”
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