A WOMAN has revealed the incredible moment she won the £40,000 lottery jackpot when she initially believed it was a ‘scam’.
The lucky winner, from New South Wales, Australia, picked up the top prize after buying a ticket for the Oz lotto drawn on February 25.
However, she initially avoided several calls and emails from company operators because she believed someone was playing a cruel prank.
She said: “I received phone calls and emails right after the draw, but I didn’t recognize the phone number or the email, so I didn’t respond or take note. !
“I was like, ‘This is definitely a scam.'”
After living in blissful ignorance, the woman finally remembered she had bought a ticket and logged on to check.
She said: “I ignored phone calls and emails for a few days, then finally decided to log into my The Lott online account.
“It all started to make sense when I found out I had won.”
In total, the woman recovered $72,580.50, or £40,000.
And now she admits she is still in shock and unsure how she will spend her winnings.
She said: “I’ll have to take it all in first and wait for the prize to land in the bank account before I can decide what I’m going to spend it on, but I know it will be put to good use.”
Last year The Sun reported on the similar fate of a man who refused to acknowledge he had won £500,000 after believing he was receiving nuisance calls.
The Australian said he was on his way home from walking his dog when he received the life-changing call.
“Did you say you’re calling from The Lott?” It better not be a hoax,” he recalled telling the telephone company.
“I’ve been getting a lot of nuisance calls lately. I hope this isn’t another one because it would be great if what you’re telling me is true.
After the Lotto employee clarified the man was indeed the lucky winner of the $1m (£542,000) jackpot, he said the news left him “shocked”.
“A millionaire – I can’t believe it. “It’s crazy. It’s a dream come true,” he said.