She had a premonition and gave him strict instructions on the numbers that would win the Oz Lotto mega jackpot.
But he didn't listen and did things his way, and now he's paying the price for being lotto's biggest loser.
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Anthony Riordan is in the business of selling suits, but this time he's really failed to measure up.
Anthony’s wife Stina had more than just a feeling about the recent Oz Lotto draw – she had a premonition. After a win on the races, she put her seven lucky numbers into Anthony's phone, and he agreed to buy a ticket in the $30 million draw.
Stina chose number four, because there are four in her family. Six - that's her birthday. Eleven - her grandmother's bingo number. Sixteen is her Mum and Dad's birthday. Nineteen - her sister's birthday. 27 - that's Anthony's birthday, and 45 - simply because that's the highest Lotto number.
Here's where things started to unravel. When Anthony rocked up with Stina's seven numbers, and his own four numbers, he was told a systems ticket would cost $300.
"I said who spends $300 on a lotto ticket, not a chance. So in my head, knowing that it wasn't going to win, I thought to myself ‘you saved us money’. Well I was going to keep the money myself, but she would think that I bought the ticket. I have it, and just buy a Slikpik."
So Anthony spent $18 on a Slikpik.
History now shows that Stina's seven numbers came up. Every single one of them. And there's proof that she entered them into the phone on April 22, two days before the big draw.
"I looked up the results on the iPhone and then it was like ‘oh my God’, so that's when I raced home with my iPhone ready with the numbers, saying ‘where's the ticket’," Stina said.
Would your marriage survive this?
"Well we've heard a lot of stories, and similar stories come through, but this probably tops the list as one of the most amazing we've heard," Said Pina Compagnone from Lotto HQ said.
Compagnone hopes the champagne corks will pop next Tuesday instead.
"If he had've put his ticket on we probably wouldn't have seen this $70 million jackpot amount, but I suppose there's more for the nation to share in now," she said.
While we're all dreaming about the $70 million, the newlyweds would've been happy with $30 million.
"I would've been straight to Turkey for a hair transplant immediately, then to Russia to have my knees broken and an extra three inches put in,” Anthony said.
“And I would've been the doting wife. Then all new teeth, and I reckon we could've blown the whole lot between three to four years because there would not have been one sensible thing done," Stina added.
The moral of the story seems to be always listen to your wife.
"But it's brought us closer together, and you know what it's told us kids, that money doesn't buy you happiness - look how happy I am," Anthony concluded.
This reporter is on Twitter at @MarkGibbo
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