Tue, 26 Mar, 2019
Lotto blunder: Man accidentally wins twice!
A Victorian man is almost $50 million richer after a blunder left him purchasing two Oz Lotto tickets with the same numbers. The numbers then went on to win the division one jackpot.
The winner is a “hard working man from St Albans”, as described by Oz Lotto, and he has won $46.6 million. The remainder of the money is going to a player in Hobart.
The Lott spokesman Matt Hart said that the double win was “remarkable”.
Mr Hart said that the man realised he had won once when staff from The Lott called and explained that he had won twice.
“You’re kidding,” he told them.
“Am I seeing things? I just checked my entry online and I think I know what you’re about to tell me. I’m speechless. I can’t believe it … I just finished work for the night.”
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, explained he’d been playing the same number for 30 years.
“I play every week. I have always marked my entries but I have never chosen the numbers on anything in particular. They weren’t special before, but they are now.”
As for what the man plans to do with the money? He needs time for the exciting news to sink in.
“I need time for the news to register,” he said. “I might think about retiring. First maybe a new home or a holiday. I’ll definitely share it with my family.”
Another Lott spokeswoman, Bronwyn Spencer, urged people in Hobart to check their tickets. As the ticket in Hobart was bought by an unregistered player, The Lott has no way to contact the person to let them know they’ve won.
Spencer explained: “Imagine discovering you’re a midweek multi-millionaire,” she said.
“You may not think it’s possible that you could be the division one winner we’re searching for, but if you purchased an unregistered entry in this week’s Oz Lotto draw that you haven’t checked yet, you’re in with a chance.”
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