A widow who has been playing her dead husband's lottery numbers for 20 years has scooped a £550k win – and plans to spend the money on her family.
The woman from Happy Valley, Australia, whose name has not been reported, will also be able to get the garden fence she has wanted for 46 years – meaning she'll get one last Christmas present from her hubby.
The lottery winner told consent officials for The Lott that she initially had no idea how much money she had won and was confused when her local newsagent couldn't hand over her winnings when she arrived to claim them on November 30.
“I’m a little bit confused, to be honest! I just went to the newsagent to buy the paper and scanned my ticket, and they said they couldn’t pay it,” she explained.
“This isn’t a joke, is it? You’ve got no idea how happy this is going to make my family.
“Like everyone, we’ve had a bit of a sh*t year, and this will help everyone get back on their feet.
“I’ve been playing these same numbers for donkey's years. I reckon 20 odd years I’ve played them every week.
“I’ve always thought one day they’d win the big one.
“My late husband chose those numbers all these years ago. I don’t know why he chose them, but we’ve been playing them ever since.
“He’s looking down on us from heaven very happy!"
When asked how she planned to enjoy her million-dollar windfall, the generous grandmother said she was eager to help her family.
“I’ve got two sons with families of their own who I can help!” she declared.
“But what I really want to do is get myself some new fences for my house.
“We’ve lived here for 46 years, and I’ve always wanted new fences, so I’m finally going to get those done!”
Happy Valley Newsagency owner Kuldeep Patel said selling a winning entry was a real boost for his outlet.
“So exciting! It’s crazy! When I saw the email telling us we had sold a winning entry, I was thrilled!” he said.
“It’s the first division one prize we’ve sold, which is really exciting.
“We’ll be telling all of our customers about the win, and they will be so happy for us.
“There was a fire in the centre this year, so we’ve had to move to a smaller kiosk while it is getting repaired and our customers have been so loyal and supportive during this time.
“It’s a great boost to our customers and our team members morale to know we have sold a major prize.
“I’m probably as excited about it as the winner is about discovering they are a millionaire!
“Congratulations to our winner! We are so pleased it has gone to a local and a regular!”