A R1.8 million lottery winner bought 3 more tickets to celebrate – and won R5.4 million

A US woman’s bank account got a bit larger after collecting two lottery prizes on the same day.

The 70-year-old woman, who did not want to be publicly identified, found out that she won $100,000 (about R1.8 million) from two scratch-off tickets she purchased from a petrol station in Newark, according to the Delaware Lottery. A few days later, on Oct. 20,  she went to the state lottery headquarters to collect her prize.

Per officials, while on her way home, the woman decided to celebrate her win by buying three “SERIOUS MONEY” tickets from a petrol station in Dover and discovered that she had won again.

“My best friend was the first person I told about winning the $100,000 top prize, and she came with me to claim it,” the woman told lottery officials. “When I scratched the $300,000 (about R5.4 million) winning SERIOUS MONEY ticket later in the day, we just sat there in disbelief. It was absolute insanity.”

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The duo returned to the lottery headquarters again to collect her prize, resulting in her walking away with a whopping $400,000 – around R7.25 million – officials said. She plans to put the money away for her retirement.

“It’s great to see our players bring home six-figure prizes, and Instant Games continue to surprise and delight players throughout the state,” Acting Director of the Delaware Lottery  Helene Keeley said in the press release.

Earlier this year, a 43-year-old Delaware man had similar luck, winning the lottery twice just weeks apart during the summer, as Insider previously reported.

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