A man, who was previously in trouble with his wife for purchasing a lotto ticket has become a millionaire, winning a cool $1.8 million.
A couple from Western Australia’s Secret Harbour has become the state’s second Division One winner from Saturday’s $20 million Superdraw.
Prior to the good news, however, the man’s wife wasn’t too keen when he bought the ticket.
“I saw how much was on offer, so I decided to buy a ticket,” the winner said, admitting prior to this the most he had ever won was a six pack fo beer.
“I got in trouble with my wife when I told her I bought one, but she has taken that back now.”
There is a chance the couple will purchase a holiday home in the southwest of the state, however for now it is business as usual.
“I’m still going to work tomorrow,” the winner admitted.
The Secret Harbour couple’s winning ticket was one of two in the state.
A couple in Kwinana won the other Saturday Lotto Superdraw’s Division One prize.
The winner from Kwinana said she was with her son at the grocery store when she spotted the ‘$20 million Superdraw’ sign and made a spur-of-the-moment decision to pick up a ticket.
“I said to my son if the line is short we will get one, if not never mind,” she said.
“The store was also about to close as well, but it was just the right place at the right time.
“I have retraced my steps so many times after discovering I had won, asking ‘what if’?”
The couple plans to use their newfound fortune to pay off their mortgage and spend more time with their kids.
How lottery tickets are aiding COVID-19 relief
Lotterywest is Australia’s only state government owned and operated lottery in Australia and amid the coronavirus pandemic, Lotterywest has created a COVID-19 Relief Fund.
“All available profits Lotterywest makes from every jackpot, draw and ticket will go directly into this fund to assist the Western Australian community to recover,” Lotterywest says on their website.
Today, it was announced by West Australian Premier Mark McGowan the first allocation of grants from the relief fund.
More than $1 million will be given to 23 different community groups and local government organisations to help those facing hardships.
“We can all contribute to WA's recovery of this pandemic because every profit from every ticket will go into the $159 million COVID-19 Relief Fund and ensures vital funding goes directly to the people who need it most,” Mr McGowan said in a statement.
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