Lottery winner credits Uber driver for $73,000 windfall

A lucky lottery winner has scored himself a $50,000 (A$73,500) prize thanks to a series of seemingly random numbers he'd picked.

The 51-year-old man from the US state of Maryland told local lottery officials he was without a car, so he took an Uber to work one day, and later used the car's licence plate numbers on his ticket.

To his surprise, those five numbers came through, and it's all thanks to the "great conversation" and a pleasant drive to work, he recalled.

The lottery winner picked five lucky numbers from his Uner driver's number plate which won him the jackpot. Source: Getty
The US lottery winner picked five lucky numbers from his Uber driver's number plate which won him the jackpot. Source: Getty

The man reportedly stopped to buy Keno tickets and in the spur of the moment, picked the five numbers on the Uber car.

"The Uber car's plates just stuck in my head," he said, according to US news site UPI.

"There were five numbers so I used them for a Pick 5 ticket."

The man bought the ticket on June 22 and his life changed later that evening.

"When I saw the results the next day, I had no reaction. Zero," the winner recalled, admitting he was "frozen."

The winner reportedly said he has big plans for his prize money, and with his new-found fortune, he won't be catching an Uber again any time soon.

Hunt for mystery Oz Lotto winner: '$30m richer'

Meanwhile, in Australia, players are being urged to check their Oz Lotto tickets after a mystery winner from Queensland scored the entire $30 million jackpot in Tuesday night’s draw.

The only division one winning ticket in Oz Lotto draw 1481 was purchased from a Golden Casket outlet in Brisbane’s western suburbs, officials at The Lott revealed.

The hunt for the mystery multi-millionaire comes after a man from Canberra won the $60 million Powerball in draw 1363 last week.

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