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A retired Australian grandmother residing in the New South Wales province had the last laugh on a doubting husband when she decided to check out a four year old Powerball ticket the couple found in a drawer during a clean-out.
Despite the husband telling her it was a waste of time trying to check such an old ticket, the 73-year-old went for it anyway and was rewarded with a A$2 million prize.
Recalling her lucrative brush with good fortune, the winner said: "We decided to have a clean up and go through everything and throw out any old stuff. I was cleaning out a drawer and the Powerball ticket was in an envelope with a few other lottery tickets.
"That was about two weeks ago; I left it for a while and I wasn't going to worry about it," she said, but on the spur of the moment she decided to go to the local retail outlet and check out the old tickets.
"They put me on the phone to someone from NSW Lotteries who told me it was worth $2 million," she said. "I just went limp in the shop. My husband was with me but I couldn't tell him what was happening.
"When we got outside I told him how much we'd won and he said it couldn't have happened to a nicer person!"
Despite her sudden windfall, the winner has no plans for a spending spree.
"There's nothing I need. When you get to my age, you're trying to give things away," she joked.
Source: InfoPowa News