Australian woman wins $72,300 from lottery ticket she got for free

An Australian woman found picking up a lottery ticket for her mother paid off when she was awarded a free bonus ticket that earned her more than $72,000.

The Clare, South Australia, woman told The Lott officials she hadn’t actually intended to buy a lottery ticket for herself when she stopped at Clare Pharmacy to buy a Lucky Lotteries ticket for her mother.

“Every Friday, my mum and I purchase an entry in Lucky Lotteries. As usual, I purchased an entry for my mum last week. However, I wasn’t contemplating purchasing an entry for myself,” the player said. “When I scanned my last entry at the outlet, they gave me a bonus ticket that I’d won.”

The free ticket earned the woman a $72,300.50 jackpot.

The winner said she plans to use her winnings to take care of her family.

“I’d like to help my parents, as well as my daughter and I,” she said. “It’s been a challenging time for all of us, and this will help significantly.”