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Woman Wins £2.6 Million On Lottery After Newsagent Makes Mistake

Claire Reid

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Woman Wins £2.6 Million On Lottery After Newsagent Makes Mistake

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An Aussie woman has won a whopping £2.6 million after a newsagent misheard while she was putting the lottery on. Anyone going to start mumbling when they buy their tickets, just in case?

The woman, who didn’t want to be named, copped for the top prize of £2.6m ($4.8million) on Australia’s Set for Life draw, which pays out in instalments of around £11,000 ($20,000) a month for 20 years. 

The Port Adelaide resident told reporters she usually buys two tickets but the shop worker misheard and handed over three. 

Credit: Pixabay
Credit: Pixabay

She explained: "I usually buy a standard two-game entry, but when I purchased this ticket, the guy didn’t hear me correctly, and he gave me three games instead.

“The third game is the one that won this prize for me, so it feels like it was meant to be! It wouldn’t have happened otherwise."

The woman said she was ‘gobsmacked’ when she checked her ticket after the draw and realised she had won the top prize. 

“It was early in the morning when I checked this ticket, so it was very dark still,” she said. 

"I’d made my coffee, gone outside to sit on the veranda and listen to the birds, and then I checked my ticket.

“Because it was so dark, I wasn’t sure if I saw things wrong when I checked the ticket.

"I probably checked it 10 times before I started to believe it was true. It was spooky!"

Credit: Pixabay
Credit: Pixabay

The kind-hearted winner said she plans on going back to the shop she bought the ticket from to give them some cash and will use the rest to spruce up her home and treat her nearest and dearest as well as giving some charity. 

She said: "I’m going to go down to the newsagency and give the staff something to say thanks for helping me win division one.

“I’m going to use this prize to renovate my house completely.

"It’ll feel like a new home when It’s done! I’d love to get an interior designer in to make it special.

“Then I’d like to use the rest to help people – my family, friends and charities that mean something to me.

"I believe you need to give back, so that’s at the top of the list."

Ah, isn't that nice?


Topics: Australia

Claire Reid
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