It would have been the biggest win ever seen in Australia but the woman is thankful for the much smaller amount she did walk away with.
A woman in NSW has come 'painfully close' to winning half a billion dollars, missing the lottery jackpot by just one number.
The Sydney resident had stood to collect $500 million in what would have been the biggest win ever seen in Australia.
Instead, she pocketed $9,200 as a division 3 winner in The Lottery Office's USA Mega Lotto draw over the weekend.
"The player's numbers were painfully close to taking home the entire jackpot," The Lottery Office CEO Jaclyn Wood said.
"Unfortunately, the final number drawn was 51 and she had number 50. It was incredibly close."
Despite coming so close to winning division 1, the woman said she was thankful for the money she did receive.
"If I had won the full jackpot I would have retired and, after the pandemic, travelled the world," she said.
"Still, winning $9,200 from spending $23.50 is nothing to sneeze at.
"I was planning a trip to Hawaii before international borders closed so I will be putting my winnings towards this holiday."
When Australians purchase tickets in its lotteries, The Lottery Office purchases a matching ticket in the overseas draw to give local punters the chance to win big.
And in good news for ticket buyers this week, there was no winner so the jackpot has increased to $516 million for Wednesday's draw.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/lotto-news-sydney-woman-nearly-wins-millions-in-lottery-misses-out-one-number/66be85b7-adb3-455c-9b59-6f6f70f53464