Grandma no longer walks to work

20:04, Feb 19 2014

An Invercargill grandmother who walked to work dreaming about winning Lotto can stop dreaming.

Instead she can think about what she will spend her money on, after she won $758,976 playing Lotto Strike two weeks ago.

The woman has been playing Lotto for the past 10 years, picking up the tradition after her husband died.

"My husband was a big Lotto fan and he used to play every week. When he died, 10 years ago, I decided to pick up the tradition," she said.

She walked to work every day dreaming about what she would spend the money on if she won Lotto.

"It feels very strange to have won. It's life changing. But what will I think about on my walk to work now?" she said.

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She planned to shout her family a trip to Australia to celebrate.

"I'm going to use this money to take the whole family to Australia - kids, grandkids, everybody. I can't wait."

Collingwood Foodcentre owner Ian McDonald said while he did not know who the winner was, he was thrilled for her.

"I feel very happy for her and I hope it [the money] brings her lots of joy."

The Southland Times