Lotto winner’s dream becomes a reality with $1 million windfall

A WA man who had a dream about winning the lottery has turned his million-dollar dream into a reality after taking home the division one prize in Monday’s Lotto.

The Byford man, who is in his early 30s, confessed that he felt inspired to enter the Monday Lotto after dreaming about his lottery win a few weeks ago.

“I’ve only been playing Lotto on and off for a year and I never win anything, but I had a dream and yeah, I’ve persisted with buying Monday Lotto since that dream,” the lucky winner told lottery officials.

When asked how he planned to spend his $1 million win, the man said he would buy a house and splash out on a lavish wedding to his fiancée.

Hand holds up lotto ticket in Aussie bush. Source: Lotterywest
A WA man who dreamt of winning the lottery has turned his million-dollar dream into a reality after taking home the division one prize in Monday’s Lotto. Source: Lotterywest

“My fiancée and I were going to have a backyard wedding or just go to the registry office as we couldn’t afford to have it at a nice venue, but now we’ll splash out on one,” said the excited man.

The lucky man added that he planned to celebrate the life-changing news by treating his family to dinner and milkshakes.

“We’ll celebrate tonight with an Italian meal and we’ve promised the kids a chocolate milkshake.”

Many lottery winners have premonitions about winning

Lotterywest spokesperson Hermione Coleman said that it was common for lottery winners to say they had previously felt that they would win, which is what drove them to buy a ticket in the first place.

Ms Coleman offered some advice to Aussies who, like the Byford winner, want to try their luck at winning the lottery.

“Firstly, you have to buy a ticket, because you have to be in it to win it, and secondly, it doesn’t hurt to have that niggling feeling of hope because you just never know,” she said.

Ms Coleman explained that Western Australians have plenty more chances to make their millions in the coming week, with tomorrow's Powerball and Saturday’s Superdraw.

Two men exclaim excitedly while looking at each other. Source: Getty Images
Ms Coleman offered some advice to Aussies who want to try their luck at winning the lottery. Source: Getty Images

“We’ve got a $60 million week ahead giving more Western Australians the chance to turn their dreams into a reality with Powerball’s $40 million jackpot, followed by Saturday’s $20 million Superdraw.”

Meanwhile, Wednesday’s Lotto has $1 million up for grabs, while one lucky player could win $20,000 per year for 20 years with Thursday’s Set for Life draw.

Tickets for Powerball and Superdraw are available until 6pm on the draw day from Lotterywest in-store, online, or via the app.

Man gives partner $100K scratchie after forgetting her birthday

It’s was a lucky day for one Queensland man who redeemed himself after forgetting his partner’s birthday by gifting her a winning scratchie worth $100,000.

The man, who hails from Bray Park, north of Brisbane, admitted he rushed out to purchase an Instant Scratch-it from the newsagency when he realised it was his partner’s birthday.

Luckily, winning the cash helped to placate the birthday girl, who now finds the mishap "a pretty funny story".

When speaking to officials from The Lott, the winning woman admitted that the scratchie win helped to turn around what had been a "not-so-great" birthday.

A scratched Crosswords scratchie. Source: The Lott
The man admitted he rushed out to purchase the winning Instant Scratch-it when he realised it was his partner’s birthday. Source: The Lott

“It was my birthday, but my partner actually forgot what day it was and hadn’t realised," she explained.

"He thought my birthday was the next day."

Feeling bad, the man gave her a card with some money and scratchies so she could spoil herself.

“Which turned out to be better than expected! He’s no longer in the bad books!" laughed the woman.

The couple celebrated with a fancy dinner, where they planned how they would spend their windfall, including some fixes around the house and a new car.

“We will certainly put it to good use!” she exclaimed.

However, at the moment the woman is mostly concerned about how she will top her partner’s gift when his birthday rolls around.

"I am still blown away! I am so shocked! I don’t know how I am going to top this gift when it’s his birthday.”

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