Donna Schwass at Mix106.3's Hats and Heels Melbourne Cup function with Rod and Biggzy after winning $20,000.

Donna Schwass at Mix106.3's Hats and Heels Melbourne Cup function with Rod and Biggzy after winning $20,000. Photo: Supplied

Donna Schwass may be the luckiest punter in the region.

The Queanbeyan woman was given $1000 to make a bet, and won $22,500 when her horse came in.

Radio station MIX 106.3's Rod & Biggzy breakfast program gave one listener $1000 to put on the Melbourne Cup, and Ms Schwass was selected.

Donna Schwass at Mix106.3's Hats and Heels Melbourne Cup function with Rod and Biggzy after winning $20,000.

Donna Schwass at Mix106.3's Hats and Heels Melbourne Cup function with Rod and Biggzy after winning $20,000. Photo: Supplied

The Defence Department employee then took a gamble on Green Moon, and spent the afternoon at the Hats & Heels Melbourne Cup function at the Southern Cross Club in Woden. She chose Green Moon based on a series of coincidences around the number five. ''We were sitting at table five at lunch, and my birthday is the fifth of the fifth,'' she said. Green Moon raced from barrier five, and was horse number 14 in the race - and one plus four equals five.

Ms Schwass said she would use her winnings to pay bills and take her sister on a trip to Thailand.

Ms Schwass wasn't the only lucky local punter. A Gungahlin woman won more than $23,000 with her first ever Melbourne Cup bet. She bought an ACTTAB half unit Cup Pack for $50, opting to choose her own five horses. The pack included each way bets as well as a boxed quinella and trifecta.

She was one of 10 who had a half unit on the trifecta, with about a dozen people winning the full trifecta payout, of $45,941.60.

ACTTAB's biggest payout was just over $76,000 for a trifecta bet which paid out just under $1 million.

Overall, Canberrans invested about $2.2 million on the Melbourne Cup through ACTTAB, a similar amount to last year.