Aussie family's $2.3m lotto score after 'special numbers' lead to three wins

A Melbourne family is counting their lucky stars after picking up three division one wins in a single lotto draw to take home more than $2.3 million.

A week had passed since the TattsLotto draw 4321, which had resulted in seven division one wins, before the syndicate of siblings realised its victory on Christmas Eve.

“We only found out on Saturday,” a representative from the family told an official from The Lott. “I didn’t know it was a winning ticket. I normally check the numbers and tick them off like in the olden days. Thankfully I’d held onto the ticket and remembered to check it while in a store.”

A Tatts Lotto ticket and people.
The Springvale family said they played with the same numbers they've always used. Source: The Lott

Special set of family numbers pays off again

While the Springvale locals had a three-game System 7 entry, they used the same set of long-held numbers for each of the three games: 8, 36, 37, 41, 3 and 28, with 9 and 16 as the supplementary numbers.

“We marked it using a special set of family numbers that won division two a long time ago and we just kept them going,” the syndicate leader said. “We marked each of the games the same with those numbers.”

For the lucky family, the money will be well spent.

“We’re all a little bit excited, as you can imagine,” the representative added. “We all have mortgages so this will help, but I think we’ll also think of some creative ways to splurge and enjoy the prize as well. Maybe a fancy holiday, a family holiday.”

A woman holds a Tatts Lotto ticket while next to a pool.
The $2.3 million prize will be put towards mortgage repayments and a 'fancy family holiday.' Source: The Lott

The winning ticket was picked up at Southvale Newsagency in Springvale South. Owner Samuel Zeng said he was shocked to see more division one wins land in his outlet.

“When I first saw [that] we’d sold another division one winning ticket, I couldn’t believe this was true because our outlet just sold a division one win three months ago,” he said.

“Our customers will think we are the lucky shop as we’ve sold five division one wins since October last year. We’re ready for the next division one win now.”

History making Powerball prize up for grabs

Aussie punters are gearing up for Thursday night’s $100 million Powerball prize. The last draw of the year is the fifth biggest jackpot in the country’s lottery history and up to half of all adults are expected to buy a ticket.

“If just one person scores the entire $100 million prize on Thursday night, they’ll also be crowned the second biggest Australian lottery winner in history,” The Lott spokesperson Matt Hart said.

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