The Melbourne woman bought the tickets as an anniversary present.
The Melbourne woman bought the tickets as an anniversary present.

Woman wins $4.8m lotto twice

A MELBOURNE woman will receive $40,000 every month for the next 20 years after buying two winning lotto tickets using the same "special" numbers.

It was the first time The Lott's Set for Life draw had two first prize winners, and the woman from Langwarrin in Melbourne - who wished to remain anonymous - held both winning entries for a total prize of $9.6 million.

She told a lotteries official she bought the two tickets, one for her and her husband, to celebrate their recent wedding anniversary. "That is just unbelievable," she said, according to The Lott.

"You're really serious? Is this a joke? It's just incredible. It was our wedding anniversary and I thought I'd just buy our special numbers on our Set for Life tickets and we'll give it a go. I'll have to take a moment but I just can't believe it. It's a fantastic wedding anniversary.

"We don't really do much for our wedding anniversary these days so I thought why not buy some Set for Life tickets and that could be our present. We use marked numbers that include the dates of our wedding anniversary and kids birthdays - special dates that's what they are.

"We haven't really had a chance to celebrate as we've had a bit going on financially and family things so we haven't had a chance to do anything - we just had dinner at home with the kids."

The woman said she would use the money to set her family up for the future. "We'll be able to pay off a few debts and our car is on the way out to be honest," she said.

"We had been planning to save for that over the next two years but we can think about getting one now. We'll be planning a holiday. Ever since we got married it's been our dream to go to Port Douglas. We've never been able to but that's something we can certainly look at doing in the future."

To win the first prize in Set for Life, players must correctly choose the eight winning numbers drawn from 37. Smaller divisional prizes can be won by selecting a combination of the eight winning numbers and two bonus numbers.

It comes after a Bondi man picked up $2.5 million after winning the lotto twice in one week.