Oz Lotto winner scores $5.7 million after losing his job during pandemic

A Victorian man who lost his job during the Covid-19 pandemic has seen his luck completely turn around after winning Tuesday’s $5 million Oz Lotto jackpot.

The Port Melbourne resident held the only division one winning entry in Oz Lotto draw 1476, drawn Tuesday, May 31 – pocketing $5,783,235.07.

Speaking over the phone this morning, an official from The Lott broke the life-changing news to the oblivious winner.

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A Melbourne man who lost his job during the Covid-19 pandemic has won Tuesday's Oz Lotto jackpot. Source: The Lott

“This is amazing. I feel like I should sit down and process this, but my head is spinning,” cried the man.

'It's been a tough three years' says Oz Lotto winner

The excited winner confessed he’d had a difficult time of late after losing his job during the pandemic.

“It’s been a tough three years, so this is a huge boost,” he explained.

“I can’t believe it. I’ve played Oz Lotto for years now and always dreamed of winning, but you never really expect it to happen to you,” he said.

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When asked how he planned to spend his Oz Lotto prize, the winner revealed he would kick-start his new business. Source: The Lott

When asked how he planned to spend his windfall, the man didn’t hesitate to share that he would use his prize money to kick-start his business.

“We’re in the process of starting a new business, so this has come at the most perfect time,” he exclaimed.

“This will go straight to that – it's a dream come true!”

The winning numbers in Oz Lotto draw 1476 were 20, 32, 40, 27, 36, 30, 21, while the supplementary numbers were 8, 28 and 14.

Oz Lotto players took home over $297 million in 2021

The Melburnian’s win brings The Lott’s division one winning tally to 185 so far this calendar year, including 71 won by Tatts customers.

In 2021, 18 division one winning Oz Lotto entries across Australia collectively scored more than $279.7 million.

Of these 18 division one winners, there were six in Victoria, five in NSW, three in WA, two in Queensland and one each in SA and the NT.

Want to become a millionaire? There are more chances to win big with next Tuesday’s Oz Lotto offering $3 million, while Thursday’s Powerball has $4 million up for grabs.

The Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot prize is currently $10.61 million for draw 1575, while the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot prize is $14.31 million for draw 10581.

If gambling is a problem for you go to Gambling Help Online or call 1800 858 858.

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