Multi-million dollar mistake leads to lottery windfall for Canberra friends

Michael Weaver 23 April 2020 13
Oz Lotto ticket

Two Canberra friends have won this week’s $2.2 million Oz Lotto division one prize. Photo: Supplied.

When two long-time Canberra friends accidentally doubled up buying their regular Oz Lotto tickets, it netted them the only division one in Australia from the draw on Tuesday (21 April).

The former work colleagues will share a life-changing windfall of $2,289,010.50.

The friends of more than 20 years usually save their winnings for a Christmas lunch or shopping spree, but said Christmas this year will be “a little different”.

One of the women told an official from the Lotto that the lucky ticket was purchased by mistake.

“We take turns buying Oz Lotto tickets every week.

“It wasn’t even my turn this week, I mistakenly bought the ticket thinking it was my week. I’m so glad I did,” she said.

“You dream of this day happening and now it has, I really have no idea how I will enjoy my prize.

“We will both use it to really enjoy our retirement and I am sure we will be sharing it with our families.”

The winning six-game ticket was purchased at Waramanga Newsagency, with owner Shova Choudry saying it was a happy day at the outlet.

“I was so excited and very happy this morning when we discovered we’d sold this incredible prize!” Ms Choudry said.

“We’ve sold quite a few division one winning entries over the year.”

For the record, the winning numbers were 13, 11, 16, 34, 23, 28 and 39. The supplementary numbers were 21 and 8.

The win follows that of a Goulburn woman who won $100,000 in Tuesday’s Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot.


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13 Responses to Multi-million dollar mistake leads to lottery windfall for Canberra friends
Bec McCormack Bec McCormack 8:05 pm 26 Apr 20

Sam this could be us.

Editha Badenhorst Editha Badenhorst 2:06 pm 26 Apr 20

Lauren McDonald plz tell me it was you

Caroline Duggan Caroline Duggan 9:47 am 26 Apr 20

Sarah Emmerson unfortunately not!

Lori J Tas Lori J Tas 9:28 am 26 Apr 20

Hopefully they're having fun, but 2.2m between 2 friends, well that's 1.1m each, so I'd pay off my mortgage (my only debt), stick as much tax free in my Super as I could, give $200k to my sister (to put towards a house) and parents (for retirement), and I'd have enough left over for the deposit on a slightly bigger house (4 bedrooms instead of 3) and then I'd have spent it all :(

Sarah Emmerson Sarah Emmerson 9:05 am 26 Apr 20

Caroline was this you?

Sandra Bennett White Sandra Bennett White 8:49 am 26 Apr 20

The newsagent was so excited to win and was asking everyone if they had bought tickets. Time for me to start maybe

Lynn Stape Lynn Stape 8:04 am 26 Apr 20

Good on them so happy for them...many happy years guys

Lindi Loo Lindi Loo 3:56 am 26 Apr 20

I'm so happy for them 👏

Gregg Heldon Gregg Heldon 8:36 pm 25 Apr 20

Good on them.

Kate Cuthbert Kate Cuthbert 8:22 pm 25 Apr 20

Tracey Sommerauer we should do this!!

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