Couple celebrate $4.8 million lotto win with Aussie tradition

·News Reporter
·4-min read

A Melbourne couple decided to use the beloved Australian tradition of “chucking a sickie” to celebrate their $4.8 million Set for Life Lotto win.

The Lilydale couple were just about to head out to work when they received the “life-changing” news, so they decided to take the day off to visit the dream property they intended to buy with their winnings.

“We have been eyeing off this property for so long, and now it means we can actually buy it! It’s in the most beautiful spot and it’s been our dream for years, so that’s definitely the first thing we will do,” the woman told officials from the Lott.

“Maybe we will go out for a drive today and take a look at it again!” she said.

lottery player holds set for life ticket in front of house
Lilydale couple plan to buy their 'dream property' with $4.8 winnings. Source: The Lott

The Melburnians, who won the only division one prize in the Wednesday, August 4 Set for Life draw with their 2-game QuickPick entry, will be paid in instalments of $20,000 a month for 20 years.

Couple plans to be ‘sensible’ with $4.8m winnings

After realising the call from the lottery officials was not a prank, the woman revealed that she had been “dreaming of this moment” for many years and that the couple planned to use their windfall wisely.

“This means so much! We will make sure we are sensible with the rest though. We want to see it grow for our family,” said the ecstatic winner.

“We will help our kids as well and go on a few little trips,” she added.

Couple holds up winning lottery ticket on the couch
The Melbourne couple (not the people pictured) 'chucked a sickie' to celebrate winning the Lottery. Source: The Lott, file photo

The winning numbers in the Set for Life draw were 17, 33, 4, 14, 23, 28 and 13, while the supplementary numbers were 43 and 2.

So far this year, the Lott’s division one winning tally has reached 272, including 105 won by Tatts customers.

Lotto winner mistakes $2 million win for $20 prize

A woman who became an overnight Lottery multimillionaire thought she had only won $20 before she realised her ticket had five extra zeros.

The mother, who is from the Hawkesbury in NSW, held one of the 10 division one winning entries, and took home the $2 million prize.

“I was just flicking through my phone last night and I thought I’d check my ticket, I saw it and it said I’d had a win,” said the lucky winner.

“I thought it was $20 at first but then I saw there were a few more zeros!”

The NSW woman said that she purchased the winning 12-game QuickPick ticket as a “one-off” and planned to spend her winnings helping her family, and travelling.

“We can travel around Australia in a caravan and help our kids,” the woman told officials from The Lott.

The mother revealed that she and her family were still reeling and were unable to sleep after the exciting news.

“We’re very excited, we hardly slept all night,” she said. “This has changed our lives, it will mean so much to my family.”

More chances to become a multimillionaire

For those who want to try their luck at becoming a multimillionaire, there are more chances to win with tonight’s Powerball offering $60 million, while Saturday’s TattsLotto has $10 million up for grabs.

Tonight’s Set for Life draw gives players the chance to win a division one prize of $20,000 a month for 20 years to truly set you up for life.

The Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot prize is now $2.2 million for draw 1540, while the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot prize is now $1.41 million for draw 10482.

Tickets can be purchased at any licensed lottery outlet, online from thelott.com or via The Lott mobile app.

If gambling is a problem for you go to Gambling Help Online or call 1800 858 858.

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