Mother thinks $100k lottery win is a scam, almost misses out
AUSTRALIA - An Australian mother is celebrating the news of a $100,000 lottery win, after initially misinterpreting lottery officials’ phone calls as a scam.
According to The Lott, the official home of Australia’s lotteries, the Northern Sydney woman held the guaranteed $100,000 in the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw 10532, drawn Feb. 25.
As well as winning the 1st Prize, she also won a consolation prize of $1,000, boosting her total windfall to $101,000.
When an official from The Lott finally got a hold of the elated woman, she admitted she was still trying to comprehend the thrilling news and initially thought it was a scam.
National Lottery slips. (Photo by: Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
"I received some phone calls and emails straight after the draw, but I didn’t recognize the phone number or email, so I didn’t answer or take any notice! I said to myself, ‘It’s definitely a scam’," she said, according to The Lott. "I ignored the phone calls and emails for a few days, and then eventually I decided to log in to my online The Lott account. It all started to make sense when I discovered I’d won $100,000!"
She continued, "I went to my husband straight away and we were checking the results back and forth – we couldn’t believe it."
The woman told the lottery company she has yet to make any concrete plans on what she will do with her prize money.
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"I’ll have to take everything in first and wait for the prize to land into the bank account before I can decide what I’ll spend it on, but I know it will go to good use," she said. "I’ve been playing for about 10 years now, so I’m just so excited to have won a major lottery prize!"
According to The Lott, the Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot is a raffle-style jackpot game that guarantees over 10,000 prizes in every draw and has a guaranteed 1st prize of $200,000.
As of Wednesday, the jackpot prize was at $7 million for draw 1563.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.