“Miraculous” lotto win saves Sydney man’s livelihood
A Sydney man will be able to stay in business after a “miracle” lotto win saw him receive more than $1 million.
The 50-year-old said he was on the brink of losing his business and one of thousands struggling during Sydney’s extended COVID-19 lockdown.
“I have been in business for almost 30 years but due to the devastating impact of COVID-19, I was about to go under,” he told lotto officials after his win.
“I feel like this win is an absolute miracle that has saved my life, and I won’t let this opportunity go to waste.
“I will put the money towards paying off debts and saving my business.”
The winner took part in The Lottery Office’s USA Power Lotto via The Lottery Office app, taking home a division two prize.
After accidentally selecting a multiplayer game for an extra $3.25, the man’s prize was doubled and came to a total of $1.6 million.
Lottery Office chief executive Jacyln Wood said the man struggled to sleep after he received the news.
“The player said the recent lockdowns had been a massive blow to his hospitality business and he had suffered numerous sleepless nights figuring out how he could continue to support his family and staff,” she said.
“He emailed us straight after the app notified him of the win, he knew he had won a big prize, but he wasn’t ready to believe it.
“When I called him this morning, he was in tears from the moment I confirmed how much he had won.”