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Lottery Ticket Mistake: Woman Accidentally Buys Two, Wins Twice

By Alexandra Ward   |   Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 09:52 AM

An Australian woman's mistake made her $835,000 richer. She accidentally bought two lottery tickets instead of one, but won big on both.

The unidentified woman, who lives in Melbourne, forgot she had purchased a TattsLotto entry earlier in the week so she picked up another before Saturday night's drawing.

"I buy a TattsLotto ticket every week, and I just forgot that I'd already bought one for the weekend when I went to another shop to buy the second one," she told The Age.

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The woman also forgot to check her numbers after the drawing, so the phone call from Tatts Monday was a huge surprise.

"This isn't a hoax is it?" she said of her initial reaction. "Hang on, I'll have to take my coat off, it's really hot all of a sudden!" she recalled saying.

Each ticket was worth nearly $414 and, combined with cash from a few other divisional prizes, totaled more than $835,000.

"Half of that $835,000 will go straight towards the mortgage," the woman told The Age. "I guess it's a good thing we won twice so there's some prize money left over. It will be such a relief to be debt-free."

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This isn’t the first time a lottery winner forgot to check their numbers. In May, a Chicago man was awarded $4.85 million after his wife found a lottery ticket he had purchased in February stuffed in a cookie jar in their kitchen.

The man said his wife found 11 Lotto tickets while cleaning the kitchen and told him to see if any were worth anything. He had bought the tickets at an area convenience store, put them in the cookie jar, and forgot about them.

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