Lotto winning couple thought $1.7m prize was a scam

The pair were absolutely stunned to have hit the jackpot but initially thought it wasn't real.

A couple who bagged a whopping $1.7million in Saturday's TattsLotto draw are still reeling from the win after initially thinking it was a scam.

The man from Gippsland, Victoria, admitted to The Lott that he shook his wife awake in the early hours of Sunday morning in a frenzy after discovering the win.

“He told me we had won $1.7 million, but he thought it was some sort of scam,” the winning woman revealed. “I also thought he was joking but then we looked into it together and realised it was real.”

Now, the couple are looking forward to taking the foot off the pedal and relaxing.

A file picture of Lotto winners jumping for joy on their bed. Source: The Lott
The $1.7m Lotto winner says he shook his wife awake in the early hours of Sunday morning after discovering the win. Source: The Lott

“How do we feel? Incredibly awesome! On top of the world,” the husband cheered. “This is life-changing for us. We’ve had to stop each other’s thoughts from running wild.”

Looking forward to 'a life of ease'

“Honestly, we don’t know exactly what we want to do with the prize, but we look forward to living life with a bit of ease. We’ve worked hard our whole lives,” added the woman. “We will keep this win to ourselves as we live in a small town, but that makes it extra special.”

The couple held one of the three division one Lotto winning entries with a total prize of $1,720,294.16.

Their winning 50-game QuickPick was purchased at Raymond Street Lotto in Sale.

Raymond Street Lotto manager Angela Harry said she was so proud of her team for changing the lives of a local family.

“We’ve been talking about it all morning with customers wondering who the fortunate winners could be!” she said.

“Hopefully this is the start to a winning streak for us and there will be many division one winning tickets to come!”

With a rise in scams across Australia, they're not the first lottery winners to think something isn't quite right. That's exactly what happened with one Victorian woman who initially ignored calls from The Lott after she had landed $40 million on the Powerball.

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