A Lake Macquarie mum was left wide-eyed and dazed in shock after discovering her $2.6 million Saturday Lotto win right before her bedtime.

The New South Wales resident held one of the two division one winning entries in Saturday Lotto, draw 4381, drawn Saturday 15 July 2023 and pocketed $2,666,110.76.

So far in 2023, there have been 18 division one winning entries in the Hunter and Central Coast region that have collectively taken home more than $36.47 million in prize money.

“It’s crazy!” she cheered when we reached out to confirm her newfound fortune.

“I usually check my ticket on Saturday night right after the draw. It’s my Saturday night ritual as I’ve been playing for years and years.

“I looked at my ticket and I thought it looked strange. There were too many numbers, too many zeros, and confetti appeared on the screen.

“Last Saturday, I won $18 on my ticket, and it was a different situation!

“I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know if it was real.

“I had such a sleepless night because all I could think about was the win.

“Thank you so much.”

With $2.6 million about to change her family’s life forever, the regular player admitted she was too shell-shocked to make any initial plans.

“We don’t have a clue. We will have to wait until the prize is in our bank account,” she said.

“It will put to good use though!”

Her winning 50-game QuickPick was purchased online at thelott.com – the official home of Australia’s lotteries.