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Clare Wainwright,Luckiest woman in the world wakes up to find $19M in bank account

An Australian woman woke up to find herself $19 million richer and her mortgage paid off.

Clare Wainwright, a lawyer from Sydney, first discovered the millions in her account on Oct. 25.

In September, National Australia Bank (NAB) sent a letter confirming a direct debit for loan repayments had been set up.

The letter said Wainwright’s monthly repayments would be $19,225,703 — not $1,900 — with the next repayment due on Oct. 25.

NAB first requested $19 million ($24.5 million AUD) from her bank, St. George Bank, which then transferred the substantial figure, heavily overdrawing Wainwright’s account.


Wainwright posted a picture of the transaction online, which showed how much money she had in her account in Australian dollars.

Despite both banks being contacted about the error, the money is still in Wainwright’s account.

“When NAB accidentally pays out your entire mortgage, and gives you an extra [$19 million] to redraw … do I skip the country??” she jokingly wrote on Facebook.

Wainwright told Fairfax Media that she had not been tempted to spend the millions.

“I’m a lawyer, which is why I haven’t spent the money,” she said. “Mostly because I figured it wouldn’t play out that well trying to play dumb on that.”


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“I saw it and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s [19] mil’ and I laughed,” she said. “I showed my broker and he said, ‘Oh God, I’ll get them to fix it.’”

NAB told her broker that they would be in touch within three business days.

“They obviously don’t understand I could just skip the country,” she said.

Asked how she would spend $19 million, Wainwright said: “Well, if I was allowed to use it, I’d pay off my mortgage and buy another place. Or an island.”