Wow, what a way to celebrate Christmas. A Hunter woman has become an “overnight millionaire”, after snaring division one in last night’s Lotto draw.
The NSW player held one of the three winning entries nationally in Monday and Wednesday Lotto draw 4037, drawn 23 December.
Each entry took home a prize worth $1 million.
Speaking to an official from The Lott this morning, the winner was so overwhelmed by the news, she could barely say a word.
“I don’t really know how to feel, or what to say. Oh my god!” she laughed.
“I found out first thing this morning – I was quite amazed by it.
“I actually always thought I might win division one, but it’s quite surreal now that it’s happened.
“It is a great win before Christmas.
“I’ll certainly be having a great day tomorrow celebrating.
“I don’t know how I am going to sleep tonight, though.
“I am just going to be sitting here thinking about the fact I’ve just become a millionaire.
“So, Christmas is going to be fantastic this year thanks to my win, but I think I will be very tired.”
When asked how she planned to enjoy her prize, the elated winner said she required time to let the news sink in.
“Gosh, I think I need to have a good think about what I am going to do with my prize,” she explained.
“I am sure I will do some fun things in the New Year, but it doesn’t feel real yet, so it’s hard to actually think about what to do with one million dollars.”
The winning entry was purchased at Dungog Newsagency in Dowling Street.
Dungog Newsagency manager Peter Maytom said it was amazing to see a major win land in the region on the cusp of Christmas.
“We last sold a division one winning entry in 2015, so that was a while ago,” he added.
“It’s so good winning so close to Christmas.
“What a great New Year she is going to have.
“We are incredibly happy for our winner and wish her all the best with her prize.”
The winning numbers in Monday and Wednesday Lotto draw 4037 on 23 December were 16, 11, 21, 30, 15 and 19, while the supplementary numbers were 9 and 2. Across Australia, there were three division one winning entries in Monday and Wednesday Lotto draw 4037 – one each from Victoria, NSW and South Australia.