Lighting has struck twice for one very lucky Melbourne man who won Division 1 in last weekend’s $4,000,000 Saturday Lotto draw, or TattsLotto as it is known in Victoria. Astoundingly, it was not the first time he had won Division 1. The winner explained how he won $744,000 about 27 years ago – “and boy, did I put it to good use!” he laughed.
“It was a lot of money back then,” he said. This time around, he was one of twelve Division 1 winners in the November 14th draw who each took home over $349,000 in prize money. He bought his winning 12-game Standard ticket from a local newsagency in Wantirna, an eastern suburb of Melbourne. It wasn’t the first time his handpicked numbers had brought him good luck.
“I play the numbers a dear friend of mine, who has since passed away, used to play,” he explained to lottery officials, “along with the numbers I’ve always played… Those numbers have brought me luck, well and truly!”
The winning man, who is retired, said that “this time around” he planned to help his children by purchasing them a car each as a once-in-a-lifetime Christmas present, and spend some time and money on home improvements. “This windfall will come in very handy!” he said.
Last weekend’s $4,000,000 Saturday Lotto draw was also doubly lucky for a family from Kalbarri in Western Australia. After an embarrassing ticket double up, the family came forward with two Division 1 winning tickets totalling nearly $700,000 in prize money. They had forgotten about the first ticket when they purchased the second with the same numbers. “Never has someone’s bad memory paid off so well!” said the winning wife.
“We broke down in tears when we were told not only we’d won lotto but we’d won twice,” she said. “You can’t believe how wonderful this is.”
The winning family said they planned to buy a house, take a fun holiday, provide for their kids and “work a little less”.
The winning numbers from Saturday Lotto draw 3581 were 6, 10, 37, 21, 28 and 42, plus supplementary numbers 39 and 14. Along with the five Victoria winners, there were three in Western Australia and one each in New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia.
Winning lotto twice is not as rare as you might think, but winning twice in close succession doesn’t happen very often. Lottery officials said it’s “more common” for many years to pass between Division 1 wins. Believe it or not, there is an Australian lotto player, a man from Beechworth in Victoria, who won Division 1 not once, not twice, but three times in 2008 alone. Talk about beating the odds!
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