A woman from Australia who won a huge $2.7 million jackpot on the Australian Lotto was, unbeknownst to her, carrying her winning ticket in her handbag for 12 days.
The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, had been the subject of a New South Wales Lotteries search for the mystery winner, as lottery officials were desperate to find out who had won the huge Australian Lotto prize. The winning ticket was purchased at Hunters News agency in Wagga Wagga for the draw on January 3rd by the woman and her husband.
The Australian Lotto winning couple had been on holiday in Wagga Wagga, when the woman asked her husband to buy her a Lotto ticket when he bought his morning paper, but little did she know that the winning ticket would win them a share in the $30 million NSW Lotto Megadraw. A spokesperson for the NSW lottery said that it is not unusual for lottery winners to take a few days to come forward, especially if they haven’t registered their tickets.
“It does happen from time to time that people take several days, or in this case twelve days, to come forward,” said Belinda McDougall for the NSW Lotteries. “We always encourage our customers to register their tickets to their player’s cards, so rather than having to discover that they’re a winner, we get to break the news that they’ve won.”
The Australian Lotto winners will now begin 2015 as millionaires thanks to their share in the top prize, and according to lottery officials they plan to use their money to pay off their mortgage, while the woman might decide to change her working hours to part time thanks to the windfall.
Back in November, a family from Canberra took a week to claim their $30 million jackpot after buying a lottery ticket in Woden. The winner told lottery officials at the time that it wasn’t until she saw a sign urging lottery players to check their tickets that she thought there was any need for her to check on her numbers.
“I thought I’d better check my entry but I never considered that I actually had the winning ticket, I never win anything!” she said.
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