Woman almost lost £40k lottery prize as she thought calls were ‘a scam’

A lucky Australian woman who won a lottery jackpot of more than $70,000 almost shot herself in the foot by refusing to answer calls from the Lottery for days as she thought it was a scam.

The unnamed woman lives in the Frenchs Forest region of New South Wales and only found out about her incredible win when she finally picked up the phone.

She revealed she had bought a ticket for the February 25 draw but hadn’t checked her ticket before she was bombarded with calls and emails.

However, rather than responding to the flurry of correspondence, she dug her heels in and declined each message reasoning that it must be a cruel hoax.

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She still hasn’t decided what to splash the cash on

She said: “I received some phone calls and emails straight after the draw, but I didn’t recognise the phone number or email, so I didn’t answer or take any notice!

“I said to myself, ‘It’s definitely a scam.'”

After living in blissful ignorance (bar her constantly vibrating phone) the woman eventually remembered she had bought a ticket and logged in to check.

She said: “I ignored the phone calls and emails for a few days, and then, eventually, I decided to log in to my online The Lott account.

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“It all started to make sense when I discovered I’d won.”

She was made up after originally thinking the calls were 'definitely a scam'
She was made up after originally thinking the calls were ‘definitely a scam’

In reward for her efforts, the woman now has a cash prize of $72,580.50 which equates to £40,000.

She admitted that she is still in shock over her win and doesn’t know how she’ll spend it.

She said: “I’ll have to take everything in first and wait for the prize to land into the bank account before I can decide what I’ll spend it on, but I know it will go to good use.”

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