$13m lotto win floors woman

NewsXpress Noosa Civic owner Stan Wilson with employee Jess Harrison. The business sold the winning $13 million Oz Lotto ticket.
NewsXpress Noosa Civic owner Stan Wilson with employee Jess Harrison. The business sold the winning $13 million Oz Lotto ticket. Darryn Smith

THERE is every chance that if you walked into a newsagency to check your Oz Lotto ticket and were told you had just scooped the $13 million pool, your legs would go to jelly too.

That was exactly the reaction of a Noosa woman, who found out about 4.30pm last Wednesday at the NewsXpress Noosa Civic, she had become Australia's luckiest person.

Her knees literally buckled from the weight of her good fortune.

"I went back to NewsXpress Noosa Civic where I bought the ticket and when they told me I'd won $13 million I fell to the floor," she exclaimed.

"I've been shaking ever since. I kept saying, 'What?', 'How much?', 'Really?' - I just couldn't believe it!

"Then I had to call my husband and tell him I'd won and he didn't believe it either, so I put one of the NewsXpress staff members on the phone so he knew it was real.

"He didn't even know I'd bought a ticket in Oz Lotto!" she said.

Chuffed newsagent Stan Wilson had to sit the woman, whom he estimated to be 30 to 40 years old, down on a chair and offer her a glass of water while she overcame the shock of instant wealth.

"She had no idea she had won when she came in," Mr Wilson said.

When the automatic ticket check told Mr Wilson that a "large sum" had been won, he rang the Golden Casket people to find out the amount.

"She was downstairs saying 'I definitely gave you money for the ticket' - she thought there was a problem," Mr Wilson said.

"The gentleman from Golden Casket told her she'd won and she fell to the floor - she didn't faint, but dropped.

"The funny thing is she was nervous - her husband does not usually like her buying lotto tickets.

"But I said, 'I'm pretty sure he won't mind you buying that one'."

Mr Wilson said she had sparked a buying frenzy at the Noosa Civic newsagency that had sold three first-division prizes in recent years.

Eventually, when she had recovered enough to head to the door, Mr Wilson asked if she was right to drive her car home.

"She said she would be soon - she was just going to sit in there for 10-15 minutes."

Golden Casket spokeswoman Zoe Knobel said Noosa had been a hotspot for lotto wins lately, with this prize coming hot on the heels of a Saturday Gold Lotto fortune.

"This $13 million Oz Lotto win comes just a week and a half after a Gympie family won $2.1 million in Saturday Gold Lotto with a ticket purchased from Noosa Village News in Noosaville."

Topics:  lotto

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