A Tasmanian father is overjoyed his son was there to point out his whopping $1.3 million win, saying he otherwise "might’ve not known".
The St Helens man held one of the four division one winning entries in the TattsLotto draw 4309 on Saturday, taking home a total of $1,397,486.69.
This morning, he relayed his excitement and spoke about the moment he found out about his "life-changing" win.
“I went back to St Helens Newsagency on Sunday morning to buy a newspaper. As soon as I came home, I checked off the winning numbers on my lottery ticket," he explained to The Lott spokesman.
“The winning numbers came up one by one, but I wasn’t too sure if I was looking at it correctly. I was uncertain at this point!
“My boy came over to drop something off, and I pulled him aside to check my lottery ticket. He opened The Lott app and scanned the lottery ticket for me.
“He said to me, ‘Dad, you’ve won $1.3 million in TattsLotto!’. I couldn’t believe it!"
The father said how grateful he was that his son was there to tell him.
“If it wasn’t for my son, I might’ve not have known I’d really won division one," he said to The Lott. “I’ve been playing TattsLotto nearly my whole life, so it feels great to have finally won big. I started making phone calls to some family members and we’re going to celebrate in private over a few beers."
When asked what he wants to do with his winnings, the father said he was keen to buy some property and also share with his family.
"I’ve worked super hard my whole life to pay off a lot of things, so I’ll look at buying another property with the prize and enjoy retirement when it comes,” he said. “I’ll also give some winnings to my kids! I won’t retire just yet. I’ve got good health, so I’ll keep working for now!"
He also passed on “a big thank you to St Helens Newsagency and TattsLotto".
St Helens Newsagency owner thrilled for regular customer
Owner of the newsagency Sharms Tucker said she was happy to have sold a division one winning entry to the man.
“We’re ecstatic for our division one winner and couldn’t be happier to have helped them with this life-changing event. It means so much to be able to change someone’s life,” she said.
“The St Helens community is over the moon to hear that someone has picked up a division one win. A lot of people are happy for the gentleman who won!
The winning numbers in TattsLotto draw 4309 on November 5 were 45, 26, 19, 29, 39 and 12. The supplementary numbers were 15 and 13.
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