'I meant to buy a ticket in another draw'

'Mistake' lands NSW grey nomads
with a fortune during their travels

Lotto fireworksBy Dennis Amor
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UPDATED SEPT 21: A South Australian caravanner from Port Lincoln won $100,000 in yesterday's Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw 10411. The elated woman, who initially thought the call from a lottery official was a hoax, said she planned to use her windfall to upgrade her caravan and travel around Australia.

A NSW couple has joined the growing list of grey nomads who have scooped their fortunes on the lotto.

The Hastings Point retirees, who are on a round-Australia sojourn, are $621,000 richer after dropping into an Emerald newsagent for a flutter on Gold Lotto.

"We've been living in our caravan in Queensland for the past few months, so this means we can update it and get a new one," they said.

The lucky duo, who want to remain anonymous, revealed that an error led them to buying the "wrong" lottery ticket.

"Can you believe I was actually meant to buy a ticket into another draw ... this was actually the wrong ticket," the thrilled husband explained.

"It was a complete mistake ... a very good mistake. I am glad I bought this ticket. I am very, very, very happy. It's just fantastic. It will make the world of difference to us. It takes a lot of pressure off.

"I just can't believe it. I only remembered to check my ticket when I saw on TV that someone won Powerball last night.

"I am flabbergasted."

The duo held one of the eight division one winning entries across the country in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 4085 on Saturday September 12, with each entry winning a division one prize of $621,499.92.

The happy pair did not register their entry to a player card, so officials from the Lott had no way of contacting them and had to wait until they came forward.

The lucky ticket was bought at newsXpress at Central Highlands Market Place.

Previous lotto winners include a couple of grey nomads from the Gold Coast who collected a cool $10 million.

And a few months later they landed a further $150,000 with a $10 Instant Scratch-Its ticket.

Another grey nomad from NSW was "ecstatic" with her $985,744.11 lotto win.

"When people are on holiday or travelling they are feeling very optimistic," a lottery spokeswoman told Caravanning News.

"And that's when they decide to have a flutter. But there's no doubt about it, they are a lucky bunch."


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