THESE things happen in threes, right?
A retired woman from Budgewoi has played her family’s birthdates to win $1 million in Lotto.
Hers was the second $1-million Lotto win in the region is an many weeks.
In the Monday night draw of July 31, a Toronto pensioner enjoyed a $1-million windfall.
The Budgewoi woman said she planned to relax, help her family, and use her winnings to “holiday in every state of Australia”.
The registered player received the dream-come-true call from NSW Lotteries on Tuesday morning, but thought it was a prank.
“I’ve just got out of bed. Is this a joke?” the woman asked.
She soon realised her 18-game entry, marked using family birthdates, had delivered the division-one prize.
She was one of three division-one winners who each scored $1 million in the draw.
“We love where we live so we just want to have a holiday and relax, really,” she said.
“We’ll go have a holiday in every state of Australia.
“I might be able to talk my husband into buying another car. too. I’ll be able to twist his arm now.”
We’ll go have a holiday in every state of Australia.- Lotto winner
The winning numbers were 7, 4, 45, 26, 27 and 14. The supplementary numbers were 2 and 34.
The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased her 18-game marked entry from Budgewoi Newsagency, on Scenic Drive.
Newsagency owner Jan Hewes said she screamed with delight when she discovered her outlet had sold the winning entry.
“We’re very excited. I read that we’d sold a winning ticket at 3am this morning and started screaming,” she said.
“This is our first division one winning entry since taking over the store in 2012.”
The newsagency has hand-written a sign on a chalkboard at the entry to the shop to announce the win.
Staffer Marion O’Shae said official signage was coming from Lotteries NSW.
The Toronto winner, who also chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning 14-game entry at Toronto News, on The Boulevarde, in Toronto.
He said he had been playing the same numbers for decades.
Toronto News owner Andrew Fennell said he believed his outlet was the luckiest in Australia. The newsagency had sold more than 20 division-one and top prize-winning entries in the past 30 years, he said.