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Woman checks old lottery ticket, wins $10 million

May 28, 2009, 11:04 am

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PERTH, Australia — An Australian student worried about her parents' money problems rifled through a pile of her lottery tickets Thursday and discovered that she had won 13 million Australian dollars (US$10 million) 10 months ago, a state lottery agency said.

The student, living in the west coast city of Perth, received the winning ticket for a draw on July 22 last year as a gift from her father, Western Australia state agency Lotterywest said.

By discovering her parents' financial worries were over, the lucky student also helped solve a lottery mystery that has made headlines in Western Australia for the past 10 months.

"People had been wondering for months, who is this mystery winner? Do they know about this ticket?" said Jodi Eastman, spokeswoman for Lotterywest, the state lottery.

"We have a 12 month [expiration] on lottery tickets.  And people thought it might end up expiring and go unclaimed."

It would have, too, had the student — who is in her 30s and asked lottery officials to keep her anonymous — not woken up earlier this week, suddenly remembering the bundle of lottery tickets collecting dust in a drawer.

She didn't know that among them was a gift from her father, who had purchased a ticket to test the family's luck when the Oz Lotto jackpot climbed to $50 million (US$39 million) last July.

"She said she thought, 'If I can win some money on these tickets, I can possibly help the family out," Eastman said.

The first couple of tickets yielded small amounts — $16 total.

"She was pretty excited," Eastman said.

Then the woman had the clerk check the gift from her father.

At first glance, she thought she'd won $13,000 (US$10,000).  No, the retail store clerk told her, it's $13 million (US$10 million).

"I checked the commas and decimal places and then I realized," the woman told Lotterywest.

"I always remember Mum telling me that if I won the Lotto, not to start jumping up and down in the shopping center," she added.

Had she waited two more months, she would have missed the fortune.

The woman told lottery officials she's not planning a spending binge.

"The people close to me will be looked after and I might give some to research or a charity of some kind," she told Lotterywest. "It's nice to have this much to fulfill my dreams and the dreams of the people around me."

The winning ticket cost $8.70 (US$6.70).  The odds she beat: 1 in 45 million.

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GamerMom's avatar - tails

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wow those odds are considerably better than PB!

    savagegoose's avatar - ProfilePho
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    YEAH MOST STATES HERE HAVE A PLAYER REGISTRATION CARD

     

    http://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/games/player-services-tools/708

     

    is WA's for a one off fee of $10 they send you any unclaimed prize you may have won.

     

    as long as you registered the ticket at purchase time with  the card on the database.

     

    oh and yeah abou the odds. thats for  a ticket cost of about 65c a line in oz $ so about 50c US 2 lines for a buck

    " Still swinging, still missing "
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      "I always remember Mum telling me that if I won the Lotto, not to start jumping up and down in the shopping center," she added.

      Actually, I am going to be jumping all over the places. Putting new definition in the word "Bouncer".

      Congrats to her lost treasure.

        ThatScaryChick's avatar - giphy11resized
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        Wow, she is lucky that she found the ticket and didn't throw it away. Congrats to her.

        "twitter - youtube - steam - tumblr"

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          "An Australian student worried about her parents' money problems rifled through a pile of her lottery tickets...

          ....The winning ticket cost $8.70 (US$6.70).  The odds she beat: 1 in 45 million.."

           

          I don't think powerball or Mega Millions would sell so many tickets if they charged their tickets anything more than $1. Frankly speaking people would rather the odds of winning increase than the ticket price increase.

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            Congrats to her Party

            "I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-victorious."
            - Vince Lombardi

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              "An Australian student worried about her parents' money problems rifled through a pile of her lottery tickets...

              ....The winning ticket cost $8.70 (US$6.70).  The odds she beat: 1 in 45 million.."

               

              I don't think powerball or Mega Millions would sell so many tickets if they charged their tickets anything more than $1. Frankly speaking people would rather the odds of winning increase than the ticket price increase.

              "Frankly speaking people would rather the odds of winning increase than the ticket price increase."

              Give me a break! Speak for yourself.  Unless of course you asked EVERYONE and EVERYONE told you !

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                I worked at a college for about 3 years and let me tell you - if she found that ticket in her dorm room she beat more than 45 million to 1  - ROFL!!  Have you ever seen a dorm room?  Even a teenager's room is a mess!  Lucky her, some higher power helped her find that ticket.

                I wish her all the best and hope that the money brings joy.

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                  wow those odds are considerably better than PB!

                  At $6.70 per ticket you'd only be about half as likely to win as spending the same amount on powerball, assuming that's for one game.  If you could buy 6.7 powerball tickets you'd have odds of 1 in 29,141,650.

                    GamerMom's avatar - tails

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                    At $6.70 per ticket you'd only be about half as likely to win as spending the same amount on powerball, assuming that's for one game.  If you could buy 6.7 powerball tickets you'd have odds of 1 in 29,141,650.

                    good point

                     

                    If i spent over six bux on a ticket i would definitely keep up with it!

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                      coincidence? i just saw a movie two days ago, it about an old woman (a famous hollywood stars i think, i dunno her name) who "feel" the big bang by looking a $20 series numbers, i though it about a rare $20 but it about jackpot numbers 42-33-xx-xx-xx-xx does anyone know the rest numbers since i forget and currious about the movie

                      thank and good luck

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                      Prae confusione sonitus maris.


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                        Congrats to the lucky student! I like her philosophy on what she'll do with the extra cash!


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                          i dont get how people can buy a lottery ticket and not check to see if they won after the drawingHit With Stick

                            beaudad's avatar - animaniacs26
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                            I worked at a college for about 3 years and let me tell you - if she found that ticket in her dorm room she beat more than 45 million to 1  - ROFL!!  Have you ever seen a dorm room?  Even a teenager's room is a mess!  Lucky her, some higher power helped her find that ticket.

                            I wish her all the best and hope that the money brings joy.

                            yep........a dorm room is pretty messy................correct Kaptainess...........again we should be so lucky as her .......even luckier!!!!......Beaudad.....................