Lottery betting operator Lottoland has paid out $1.3m to a player in Australia on the US-facing MegaMillions lottery game.
The 56-year-old woman from Melbourne collected $1,315,650 from a $5 bet by successfully matching five main numbers on MegaMillions, just one number short of scooping the Division one prize of $226m.
“I’m numb. It’s happening. It’s happening to me,” the mother of seven and grandmother of eleven said directly after learning of her windfall. “I’m going to visit my family in Romania – I haven’t been there in 20 years - and maybe I’ll buy a house.”
“We’re absolutely thrilled for our first Lottoland Australian Millionaire, she’s given hope to the 500,000 other Australians betting with us for a chance to win one of these gigantic overseas jackpots.” said Lottoland Australia CEO Luke Brill.
Lottoland has paid out over $10m in prizes to Australian customers since launching in January 2016, with this latest win representing the single biggest prize claimed by an Australian player.
Meanwhile in the UK, Lottoland this week launched a Second Chance Prize Draw, giving players the opportunity to win a number of money-can't-buy prizes, cash bonuses and free lines if their original bet is unsuccessful.
Customers are automatically entered into the free prize draw if selected lotto bets (including EuroMillions) are not won. The top prizes this week include a "VIP After Dark Tour of a Hollywood Studio", a chance to "Walk the Red Carpet" at a London film premiere, and a "Private Cinema for Two" experience.
The top tier prize is set to change each week, with future prizes to include VIP tickets to the winner's choice of European summer festivals, a trip to New York City for Couture Fashion Week, and a luxury golf or spa break at the five star Gleneagles Resort in Scotland.
As well as these top tier prizes, the Second Chance guarantee means thousands of £10 lottery bonuses, £5 scratchcard bonuses and free bets for customers each week, Lottoland said.