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A lottery winner from Western Australia has said she needed to refresh her computer screen about eight times before she could believe her luck in the most recent Division 1 Lotto draw.

A few months after we reported of Western Australians winning big on the New Year Oz Lotto game, the woman was one of a group of friends from the south west of the state who came forward to collect their winnings from the Lotterywest Winners Room this week, and she said that the rest of her co-winners are in the same state of shock. “When I saw we’d won I had to pinch myself because I thought I must have been falling asleep and seeing things,” the Australian Lotto winner, who purchased her ticket together with her friends from Nannup News and Post Office, told lottery officials.

But she wasn’t seeing things, in fact the Australian Lotto players had matched numbers 25, 4, 5, 13, 34 and 18 plus the supplementary numbers 23 and 31 to win the prize worth $701,962 in Saturday night’s draw. “I refreshed my computer screen about eight times and the numbers were still there,” said the lottery winner of her continued reaction of shock, just like the lottery winner we told you about yesterday who was gobsmacked after his win. “I actually hurt my arm a little from pinching myself in the same spot,” she laughed.

The group of friends, who plan to use their Australian Lotto winnings to order to pay off bills and mortgages, travel and buy new cars, told lottery officials that they never thought in a million years that they would actually win one of the top lottery prizes.

Meanwhile, a couple from Alkimos, also in Western Australia, also won a top prize on the Australian Lotto, taking home the same $701,962 after they matched the same numbers as the friendship group. Just like Derek Blatcher, a National Lottery winner from Ashton in England, and a lucky Michigan lottery scratch card player, the couple are planning to use their Australian Lotto winnings to take early retirement after the ticket they purchased at The Mail Newsagency in Perth turned out to be their lucky ticket.

“It’s quite overwhelming, we’ve always thought about what we could do if we ever won Lotto and now it’s actually happened,” the man said as he collected his Australian Lotto winnings this week.

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