A Langwarrin woman almost didn’t buy her winning Set for Life ticket admitting she 'felt off that day,' but her intuition convinced her it could hold the division one prize of $20,000 a month for 20 years. 

The Melburnian held the only division one winning entry nationally in Set for Life draw 3189, drawn Monday 29 April 2024. She looks forward to $4.8 million paid in instalments of $20,000 a month for the next 20 years.

The long-time Set for Life enthusiast came forward to claim her prize this morning and told us the exhilarating news came with a few side effects, including ‘loss of appetite’ and ‘light headedness’. 

“I feel sick, but happy sick!” she laughed.

“I am hungry, but I can’t come to terms with eating! I’m shaking, it’s bizarre. Truly bizarre. 

“I discovered it this morning when my husband gave me a call because he heard someone had won division one in Set for Life and he knows I enjoy playing the game.

“He said, ‘Someone in Victoria has won Set for Life!’ and I immediately thought it was me. I said to him, ‘It’s me! It’s got to be me!’.  

“As soon as I got off the phone with him, I grabbed the ticket off the fridge to check it. I called him back immediately and I said to him, ‘You need to be calm. I won Set for Life!’.

“Once I got off the phone to my husband it truly hit me. I was in tears, shaking. My dog was concerned and kept coming up to me to see if I was okay. 

“I said to my dog, ‘S***! You won’t believe me, but I won! I gave him a Schmako, but now he can have endless Schmakos!

“I thought to myself, ‘Who do I tell? Who do I phone?’. It doesn’t feel real.

“You wouldn’t believe it. I wasn’t feeling myself when I purchased the Set for Life ticket on Saturday, and I had no emotional energy – I couldn’t be bothered to get out of the house.

“But I had this overwhelming sense to go get the ticket. I had this weird vibe that my numbers would win. I can’t describe it. I said to myself, ‘Don’t be pathetic, get out of the house!’. 

“I’m thanking my lucky stars for getting out of the house and buying that ticket; look what’s happened! 

“I keep checking my ticket because I can’t believe it. Because it’s unregistered, I’ve placed it safely under my pillow. I can’t let it get out of my sight.

“I feel so lightheaded.” 

With $20,000 about to boost her bank account every month for the next two decades, the victorious Victorian was too overwhelmed to make any concrete plans but knew she would book a trip overseas to reunite with her family.

“I phoned my mum this morning, but she didn’t answer because it would’ve been 1.30am. They’ll probably receive a shock when they wake up in the morning thinking that something bad had happened,” she said.

“I can’t wait to tell them and book a trip to visit them – in business class!

“I’ve told another family member and the first thing she responded with was ‘F***!’. It was gold! 

“For now, I’ll make myself a cup of tea and calm myself down.”

The winning entry was purchased at Euro Garages Australia – Frankston North, Caltex, McClelland Drive, Langwarrin.