Lotto winner loses her memory after mega $7.5 million windfall

The lucky winner was stunned after taking out the top prize.

A lucky lotto winner who scooped a multi-million dollar jackpot was so blown away by her incredible windfall it caused her to briefly lose her memory.

When asked by lottery bosses what she did when she realised that she'd won the mega $7.5 million (US $5 million) prize, Eunice Sample — a retired teacher from Chesapeake, in the US state of Virginia — said she couldn't remember.

"I was so stunned I don’t know what I did," she said following her impressive win last month. "I’m excited, happy, shocked, stunned, but I feel great!"

Lotto scratchie win.
The lucky lotto winner scored a huge $7.5 million dollar prize. Source: The Lott/Getty

A statement provided by Virginia Lottery on March 10 detailed Ms Sample's response after winning the top prize in the $258 million (USD $173 million) jackpot last month. The scratch-and-win game features prizes ranging from $45 (US $30) all the way up to $7.5 million (US $5 million). The chances of winning the top prize are 1 in 2,529,600. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.08.

"If you ask Eunice Sample how she reacted when she realised that the Virginia Lottery ticket in her hand was worth USD 5 million, she won’t be able to tell you," it said.

According to the lottery agency, Ms Sample had the choice to receive the prize money in full, or in instalments over 30 years — but she chose to take it all now. Two other mystery winners are yet to come forward and claim their top prizes also.

Eunice Sample poses with her lottery winning cheque.
Eunice Sample poses with her lottery win after winning US $5 million (AUD $7.5 million). Source: Newsflash/Australscope

Forgetful dad find winning $40 million Powerball ticket

Last week, an Aussie dad forgot he'd bought an entry into a $40 million Powerball draw, only realising he'd won the entire jackpot a week later. The man, from Swan Valley in Western Australia, discovered the ticket eight days after the draw and was shocked at his luck.

"I was in complete disbelief and shock when the retailer explained I had the winning ticket," he told officials from Lotterywest.

Meanwhile, exactly a month earlier on February 2, a Victorian woman won Powerball's $40m jackpot in draw 1394 – though she didn't believe it when officials called her with the good news.


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