Park Beach Plaza Newsagency’s Tara Graham waiting yesterday for the winner to claim her $2 million prize.
Park Beach Plaza Newsagency’s Tara Graham waiting yesterday for the winner to claim her $2 million prize. Trevor Veale

Coffs mum wins share of $4 million

A COFFS Harbour woman has become an instant millionaire after sharing the first prize in Wednesday night’s $4 million draw.

The single mum only realised she had the winning ticket late on Thursday, and spent a sleepless night imagining what life will be like as a millionaire.

“This week I couldn’t really afford to play but my daughter was buying a ticket and she convinced me to put my ticket on, too. This so very nearly passed me by,” the unidentified woman said.

“I’ve struggled all of my life, even as a child we didn’t have very much. I’ve been renting for the past 20 years and have always had to survive on a very tight budget.

“I didn’t watch the draw on TV but my son took the numbers down and gave them to me. I didn’t get around to checking them until I was going to bed on Thursday night, needless to say I didn’t get any sleep after I did check my numbers.

“When I realised I had all six winning numbers I started yelling for my son. He came running upstairs thinking we were being broken into. I was totally incoherent, I wasn’t making any sense. When he looked at my ticket and realised what I was yelling about he fell to his knees in shock.

“I’ll buy a house, help my children, and one thing I’m looking forward to doing is buying a new lounge. The one I currently have has sheets covering it; I can’t wait to get a new one.”

The woman bought her winning ticket from Park Beach Plaza Kiosk, and shared the $4 million first prize with a Lismore pensioner.



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