Woman thinks she won the lottery jackpot, but something much better happened

The woman from New South Wales, Australia couldn’t contain her excitement after the race to tell her family about her stunning victory, but they had news for her!

She only found out she had won much more than expected when she checked her ticket in the morning (WILL OLIVER/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

A woman thought she had won $20,000 AUD (£10,300) on the lottery, but soon discovered it was actually $20 million (£10.3 million).

The player from New South Wales on Australia’s east coast was thrilled as she calculated what she thought was her prize in the Powerball game. When she made her purchase at the Gladstone Newsagency and General Store on Thursday, she didn’t sit down to watch the draw – and her numbers came in.




After waking up the next morning to check, she went to tell her family the great news. After planning what to do with the $20,000, the unnamed woman was in for a shock and was told she had done her math all wrong. She has never made a better mistake and now has a life-changing sum to spend.

“I got up this morning and checked my ticket,” she told lottery officials a few days after her incredible win. “I looked at it and then ran to my family and said, ‘I won $20,000’. They looked at it and then looked at me and said, ‘No, you didn’t… you won $20 million.'” .” She said she would have been more than happy with $20,000 and a first step onto the property ladder is her plan – and the holiday of her dreams. “I want to buy a house and I would like to travel the world,” she added. “I keep thinking I’m going to wake up and be back to reality.”

She told officials she thought she was in “fairyland” after receiving a massive shock(WILL OLIVER/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Let’s hope that the red-haired Briton Dean Smethurst doesn’t get wind of the victory. He thought he had won £50,000 in the National Lottery last year and called everyone he knew before realizing he had actually won just £6 in prizes. had his National Lotto card checked at Tesco on May 8 and was told by the woman at the till that he had won Saturday’s match.

The supermarket clerk told Dean that the machine said it could not pay out his winnings and that he should contact Camelot instead. This led Dean to check the terms and conditions of the Camelot website – where he realized that this notice was usually given for winnings of at least £50,000, which could not be cashed out in a store. In shock, Dean, a supermarket manager who has played the lottery for six years, ran home before telling all his friends and family the news.

He started figuring out what he could spend the money on and “popped the bubble” – without thinking about comparing his numbers to the draw. However, when the lottery phone lines reopened the next morning, Dean received the devastating news that his luck had run out. His win actually turned out to be three lucky dips in a future game – worth just £2 each.

He said: “I didn’t sleep because I was so excited. My house is like a construction site at this point, so that was the first thing I decided to spend my winnings on. Then I decided to treat the family to a luxury holiday to Barbados. I spoke to the ticket girl and gave her the serial number of the ticket.