A retired couple from Sydney’s south-west are celebrating their new multi-millionaire fortune after walking around with their winning Lotto ticket for a week.
The couple won the Oz Lotto draw on January 14, taking home $5,209,329.11. A second division one winning ticket was snapped up by a grandmother.
The couple said they had only just checked the winning numbers.
“We’ve won five million dollars?” the shocked couple said on Monday when speaking with NSW Lotteries.
“We only check our tickets once a week. We had no idea we’d been walking around with this winning ticket in our wallet,” they said.
The pair said they will seriously think about what they’re going to spend the money on once they “calm down”.
“I guess there’s plenty we can do with our prize! Our options are pretty much endless,” they said.
The winning ticket was purchased at a Narellan news agency.
Employee Dee Appleton said the win was a great way to start 2020.
“It’s so exciting to unite these winners with their prize and it’s great that this amazing prize has gone to our local customers,” she said.
“It’s an incredible prize and we’re just so happy for them.
“It’s been great to kick off the year selling this winning entry and we hope it’s the beginning of many more for our customers.”
When it was announced a winning ticket had been purchased at the store, owner David Thomsen said he was expecting a flurry of people to check their tickets to see if they had won.
“We’ve sold multiple division one winning entries over the past 36 years, but the feeling never gets old!” Mr Thomsen said.
The other division one winner was revealed to be a grandmother from the Sunshine Coast who purchased her winning ticket from Melton Lotto & TSG in Victoria while on holiday.
She said she did not expect to go on a trip and come back a multi-millionaire.
“I just don’t think I am absorbing the news that I am a multi-millionaire. I think I’ll be in shock for weeks!” she said on January 16, two days after the winners were announced.
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