A Melbourne woman almost missed out on claiming her $1 million TattsLotto win until she saw a post on Facebook about an unclaimed prize in her suburb.
The regular Lotto player had forgotten to check her ticket but was prompted to come forward on Thursday morning after reading about the hunt for a mystery winner.
“I hoped it was me but didn’t think it actually would be,” The overwhelmed Strathmore woman said.
She cried with happiness when she discovered the huge windfall.
“Oh my god! I am in shock,” she said.
“I have a tradition of going to the newsagency each week to check my ticket and to buy a new one for the next week. I’ve been doing this for years and years.
“And now I’m here, being told I am a millionaire! This is insane!.”
Woman has no plans for prize yet
The Melbourne local is still coming to terms with the life-changing news and hasn’t even thought about how she’ll spend it.
“I really don’t know what I will do with the prize,” she shared.
“I would love to donate some to charity. But I am not sure what I will do with the rest.
“I’m a millionaire! It’s amazing!”
“I really need to process this all. I’ve never had this much money before! This is crazy!”
Shop owner excited over win
The new owner of Strathmore Post & Lotto, where she bought her ticket, congratulated the woman on her win.
“We are so happy to hear the winner now knows of this exciting news,” he shared.
“We are just so excited to sell this ticket. We only took over the shop just over six months ago, so it’s a big moment for us.
“The previous owners had sold four division one winning entries over the last decade, so it’s very exciting.”
There were six division one winning entries across Australia in TattsLotto draw 4191, drawn Saturday 18 September 2021— two of these landed in Melbourne.
Each division one winning entry took home $1,048,320.62.
So far in 2021, there have been 25 division one wins in North Melbourne collectively worth more than $24.48 million.
There are more chances to win big with tonight’s Powerball offering $3 million, while next Tuesday’s Oz Lotto has $2 million up for grabs.
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