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Dianella million dollar lady almost loses winning Lotto ticket


A young woman from Dianella has come forward today to claim her $1 million Lotto prize from Wednesday night's draw after her mother mistook her ticket for rubbish and almost disposed of it in the rubbish bin.

The winner's mother said she went looking for the ticket the morning after the draw and following a search around the house doubled checked the rubbish bin where she found the ticket that helped her daughter pocket the million dollar prize.

"After we double checked the numbers we just started screaming and then there were lots of tears. The Lotto Gods must have heard me," the winner said.

The young woman purchased her winning ticket from The Lucky Charm Newsagency in Noranda. The outlet has proved to be a hub of Lotto luck in the past, selling a ticket worth $20 million in February last year.

The Dianella woman, who was also the only Division One winner from across the nation in the Wednesday draw, said a new car, holiday, helping close family members and donating to a local charity group were some of her plans following the win.

"This is just crazy; the news still hasn't sunk in. It's hard to get your head around that many zeroes but I guess I can now call myself a millionaire," she said.

It's not just winners that celebrate following Lotto draws in WA, the local community benefit too with 33 cents of each dollar supporting public hospitals, sports and arts groups and thousands of not-for-profit organisations across the State.

Local community groups to receive this support include the Ashlar Glen Retirement Village located in Dianella who were given a $3,329 Lotterywest Grant last month to help purchase equipment for their social activities.


*Story courtesy Lotterywest