Sat, Apr 29, 8:28am by Staff Writer
Like millions of Australians, a woman in Canberra looked at her regular lotto ticket in passing ahead of the Oz Lotto drawing on Tuesday, April 18.
Not expecting to beat the astronomical odds of 1 on 45,379,620, the woman went to sleep and awoke the next morning before heading to work as a public servant. There, she took a midday break as an opportunity to grab another ticket, but not before checking her previous purchase to see if perhaps her lucky day had arrived.
As she later told Tatts Lotto officials, the woman – who prefers to remain anonymous – received the surprise of a lifetime:
“I came in to grab some lunch, check my ticket and get another ticket. So it’s been a pretty rewarding lunch break — I think I need to pinch myself!”
When Oz Lotto draw #1209 produced winning numbers of 42, 13, 33, 44, 39, 29 and 27, the Canberra woman matched all seven to claim her share of the Division One jackpot. With two other winning tickets sold off, the woman took home $3.3 million of the $10 million total haul.
Asked how she saw herself spending the newfound fortune, the ecstatic winner told Tatts Lotto that she’d save some for family and loved ones:
“I’ve got family members I want to help and I look forward to breaking the news to them — not that they’re going to get all of it!”
Of course, with millions of reasons to get out and see the world, the woman also planned to use her jackpot to fund an extended holiday:
“I might retire early too. Travel is also certainly on the cards. I might go travelling and keep going until Christmas!”
The winning ticket was a 24-game QuickPick purchased from Thistle Kiosk in Westfield Woden, located at 1 Keltie Street, Woden.
In Queensland, a retiree living in Sandstone Point received good news of her own, following Saturday Gold Lotto’s draw #3731 on April 22.
The grandmother had been playing the same set of numbers, based on the birthdates of her grandchildren and family members, for several years running.
This time, however, upon scanning the screen for matches, the woman was stunned to find out that she had matched all six winning numbers of 30, 13, 11, 18, 24, and 21 to claim her share of the Division One jackpot.
“I always check my numbers every Saturday night on the computer. I saw those numbers and thought they’re my birthday numbers.”
“I’ve been playing them for a long time and they’ve finally paid off. I haven’t settled down yet. It’s just wonderful.”
Astoundingly, no less than 14 other tickets managed to beat the 1 in 8,145,060 odds against, so the woman “settled” for $271,775.57 in Division One winnings. All told, smaller prizes paid by the other Divisions brought the grandmother’s jackpot to $287,569.22 in total.
In a humorous twist, Golden Casket Lottery spokeswoman Elissa Lewis had previously alerted the media about an unclaimed jackpot ticket, as the retiree in possession of it couldn’t be reached via telephone at the time:
“The winner’s phone has been ringing off the hook with our attempts to get in contact with them about their new found fortune.”
“The winner might be taking a long weekend or working their days away or even unknowingly avoiding our private phone calls for that matter.”
The winning ticket was sold by the Sandstone Point News Extra, located within the Pebble Beach Retirement Village at Bestmann Road in Sandstone Point.
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