A Melbourne grandmother is $1.3 million richer after she took a bet on an international draw for America’s MegaMillions lottery – the single biggest prize claimed by a Lottoland Australia member.
The 56-year-old, who is a mother of seven and grandmother to 11, placed a $5 bet and matched five from five main numbers. The selected numbers 16, 39, 47, 53 and 71 earned her the Division 2 prize of $1,315,650.04 – a win she called “numbing”.
“I’m numb. It’s happening. It’s happening to me,” she said, adding that she would use the money to visit family in Romania.
“I’m going to visit my family in Romania – I haven’t been there in 20 years – and maybe I’ll buy a house.”
The wagering giant Lottoland has been called a disrupter in the Australian lottery industry, and allows people to bet on the outcomes of overseas lotteries.
The virtual lottery promises to pay out the equivalent prize money to any lucky winners, as if the punter had an actual ticket in the draw. The Gibraltar-based company was granted a five-year licence in the Northern Territory last year to run wagers on international lotteries.