Pensioner wins more than £70k in lottery after finding lucky pearl in tin

A delighted pensioner won more than £70,000 in the Lotto after a hidden pearl gave her “good luck”.

The woman, from Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, hadn’t realised she’d won until officials got in touch.

She scooped 132,237 Aussie dollars [£70,596] in the draw on Saturday, July 24, MailOnline reports.

She said: “There’s been lots of lucky little moments like finding a carpark easily and now this.

“I was eating a tin of smoked oysters the other day and I found a pearl in the tin. I've had the best luck ever since.

“It’s a complete surprise! I marked my entry with special numbers like my children's birthdays and they are even more special now.”

The pensioner is set to treat her children and other family members with the winnings.

She added: “I’m a pensioner so this will certainly come in handy. It will just make life a lot easier.”

Earlier this month, a bored wife who bought a lottery ticket to pass the time while her husband watchedEuro 2020matches won £1 million.

Mum-of-two Sammantha Young, 33, scooped the jackpot in the specialEuroMillionsUK Millionaire Maker draw on July 2.

She decided to take the plunge on an Instant Win Game on the National Lottery app while hubby Paul, 39, was engrossed in one of the group games.

And it paid off. She won £20, which she then used to buy the EuroMillions tickets that saw her become one of 20 people to become a millionaire in the draw.

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“Like the rest of the country, I’ve been so proud to support the England team and cheered them all the way to the final," she said.

"However, my husband has watched every group game and it has been a little trying at times, which is why I brightened my Friday evening with a glass of Prosecco and a National Lottery Instant Win Game.

"I won £20, which I then used to buy a couple of Lucky Dip tickets for that night’s EuroMillions draw. Just before I went to bed, I logged back in and saw that there was no jackpot winner so I thought that was it, little did I know I’d wake up a millionaire.”

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