A MELBOURNE grandmother has become a modest millionaire in the first major win handed out by controversial lottery disrupter Lottoland.
The 56-year-old’s jackpot is the first major prize handed out by the online gambling service, which lets punters bet on the outcome of Australian and international draws.
The winning bet was made on the outcome of the US MegaMillions, which was offering a division one prize of $226 million.
The woman was only one number off selecting the MegaBall number that could have scooped the major prize. The big one was 15 — she chose 16, 39, 47, 53 and 71.
After learning of her win she said she felt “numb”.
“I’m going to visit my family in Romania — I haven’t been there in 20 years — and maybe I’ll buy a house,” she said, according to Lottoland.
The win is probably not quite enough to buy a house, at least in inner Melbourne where the median house price is now more than $1.5 million.
Though this is the company’s biggest handout since it was established about 18 months ago, and despite its promise of allowing users a chance at the biggest cash prizes in the world, Lottoland is yet to award the sort of amount that compare to the major capitals’ super high house prices.
It says it has paid out more than $10 million to Aussies since its launch in 2016, but the $1.3 million payout is its biggest single prize so far.
The industry disrupter, described as the Uber of lottery gaming, has drawn the ire of newsagents who are being affected by the new competitor.
Politicians like One Nation leader Pauline Hanson have also pushed to place restrictions on or ban Lottoland claiming that it was operating “through a loophole”.
The company’s CEO Luke Brill told news.com.au that this win “sends a message to all the naysayers who said we couldn’t pay out”.
He said the Victorian woman’s winnings will be in her account by Monday.