A Set for Life Lotto winner won $4.8 million in Sunday night’s draw, but didn’t check her ticket until she saw a Facebook post about the win.
The New South Wales woman took home the only division one win in Sunday night’s Set for Life draw 2215, which was drawn on August 29.
Her division one prize of $4.8 million will be paid in instalments of $20,000 per month for 20 years.
The woman, who lives in Bargo on the southwestern outskirts of Sydney, said she was prompted to check her ticket after seeing a Facebook community post searching for the winner.
The post from The Lott’s official Facebook page was shared to the Bargo Community Group on Monday morning.
“Please help us find our missing Div One winner from last night's Set For Life draw (2215)!,” the post said.
“They purchased a winning entry from the Bargo Newsagency and have taken home a Division 1 prize of $20,000 a month, for 20 years!”
Upon seeing the post, the woman told The Lott that she rushed to get her ticket checked.
"Everyone was going absolutely wild, and so I thought I’d better head down to the newsagency to check my tickets too."
She said the next thing she knew, she was being told she’d scored division one.
"I don’t really remember what happened next. My mind went blank from the shock. My legs went all jiggly; I had to hold myself up."
Her winning entry was purchased at the Bargo Newsagency on Railside Avenue in Bargo, and the winning numbers were 8, 35, 5, 4, 13, 10 and 3, with supplementary numbers 7 and 37.
The woman’s win makes her the 82nd Set for Life division one winner in Australia since the game began, and the 12th Set for Life division one winner in 2021.
Winner’s bold plans after Set for Life win
The NSW told a representative of The Lott that she has already planned out how she will use her winnings.
“I have worked in a really stressful job for decades, and I think I am almost done with that,” she said.
“The first thing I will look at doing is retiring from work.
“When we can travel overseas again, I’d like to book a first-class flight for a first-class holiday."
Even after confirming her win with an official from The Lott, the woman claimed she was “stunned” and emotional.
“I could cry right now, this is life changing,” she said.
She then detailed that she would put a lot of thought into how she would use the rest of her winnings.
“Tonight, we will pop a bottle of champagne, sit in the backyard and start brainstorming all of the things we can do with this prize.”
Lotto win 'great for local community'
The owner the newsagency which sold the winning Lotto ticket, has said the win means alot to the local community.
“This is not just great news for our winner and our store, but also our small local community,” said Bargo Newsagency owner Encan Huang.
“It was incredible to have been there when she realised she was the winner.”
“We had been hoping to congratulate our winner in person and that’s exactly what we did,” said Mr. Huang.
“She was so excited and we were just as excited too.”
Local businesses are no strangers to positive effects from Lotto wins, with a struggling Sydney business owner saying a lottery win helped him to avoid the closure of his business.
Another Set for Life draw is scheduled for this evening, with Thursday’s Powerball offering $20 million, and Saturday Lotto Superdraw offering $20 million.
Tickets can be purchased at any licensed lottery outlet, online from thelott.com or via The Lott mobile app.
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