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Retiree thought $4.8m lottery win was a scam

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos JULY 27, 2022: Generic images of LOTTO branding and signage in newsagents in Sydney. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Swift
The retiree will receive $20,000 to her bank account every month for the next two decades. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Swift

A retiree has received the shock of a lifetime, winning $5m after forgetting she had even bought a lottery ticket.

The woman, who lives in the western Sydney suburb of Guilford, received the life-changing news after the draw on Saturday, May 6.

She held the only division one winning entry in the Set for Life draw 2830, taking out the $4.8m prize.

“I’m absolutely astounded,” she revealed when speaking to lottery officials.

“I had completely forgotten that I’d bought a Set for Life ticket for last week, so this is a complete shock.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos JULY 27, 2022: Generic images of LOTTO branding and signage in newsagents in Sydney. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Swift
The woman won $4.8m in Saturday’s Set for Life draw. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Swift

Unsure if the call was a scam at first, the sceptical Sydneysider enlisted the help of her nephew to determine whether someone was “messing” with her.

“Initially, he thought it might be some sort of scam,” she said.

“But once he realised the truth, he couldn’t contain his excitement and joined in the celebration.”

Set to receive $20,000 to her bank account every month for the next 20 years, the winner said the first thing on her shopping list was a “new computer”.

There might even be something in it for her helpful family member as well.

“I will contribute towards a holiday for my beloved nephew as well and look after some other loved ones,” she said.

The lucky lady said she had been playing the game, which was her “favourite”, for several years.

“So it’s nice to have finally won the big prize,” she said.