Man learns of $3.3 million Lotto win while on Coles trip: ‘You’re joking’

·News Reporter
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A Victorian man was stopped in his tracks at his local grocery store yesterday, as he learned he had won TattsLotto, becoming $3.3 million richer.

The Altona Meadows grandfather popped into to the Central Square shopping centre to check his tickets and pick up a few essential items from the Coles there, when he stopped into Central Lotto where excited staff delivered the fantastic news.

“I didn’t expect this, I didn’t know anything about it!” he said.

“The people who work here told me I had a winning ticket, I thought ‘come on, you’re joking’.”

Winning lotto ticket and people wearing party hats. Source: The Lott
The man was one of three division one winners. Source: The Lott

The man, who said he had been playing TattsLotto for years, won division one in TattsLotto draw 4195 on 2 October 2021, taking home $3,333,333.34.

His winning numbers were 26, 13, 44, 28, 17 and 33, with supplementary numbers 18 and 38.

The retiree said he plans to use his newfound winnings to pay off some debt, and then treat his family.

“I’ll pay off my house and then give some to my children and grandchildren,” he said.

The man is one of three division one winners from draw 4195, from South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.

The South Australian winner discovered the happy news while driving, and had to pull over as she was in shock.

She has vowed to use her winnings towards funding an early retirement.

NSW winners’ plan to use winnings to pamper dogs

A New South Wales couple who were one of three division one winners of Saturday Lotto draw 4195, have announced plans to put their new-found $3.3 million wealth towards pampering their dog.

The Gunnedah couple, who purchased their winning ticket from Gunnedah Newsagency on Conadilly street, told a representative from The Lott that the win came at a great time.

“We’ve been struggling for so long. It’s come at a wonderful time. It will make a big difference for us,” they said.

Winning lotto ticket and keys. Source: The Lott
The couple also said they planned to use their winnings to help out their children. Source: The Lott

The pair told The Lott’s representative that after a sleepless night discussing their options, they’d decided to purchase a new home.

“We’ll be getting a nice house and great place for our dogs,” they said.

Revealed: The retailers selling winning Lotto tickets

The Victorian winner purchased his ticket from a retailer which has sold three division one winning tickets so far this year.

Bruce Zheng, owner of Central Lotto in Central Square Shopping Centre, Altona Meadows, has said he is thrilled to have seen so many of his customers’ dreams come true.

Staff from Gunnedah Newsagency (left) and Central Lotto (right). Source: The Lott (supplied)
Staff from Gunnedah Newsagency (left) and Central Lotto (right) couldn't contain their excitement when they heard they had sold a winning Lotto tickets. Source: The Lott (supplied)

“This is another great milestone for us. We can't wait to see more of our customers get their life-changing winnings,” he said.

“It’s not just great for the winner, but also for us and the local community, especially during this tough time.”

The New South Wales couple, who won division one in the same draw, purchased their winning entry at Gunnedah Newsagency, 260 Conadilly Street, Gunnedah, which has also sold their fair share of winning tickets.

Gunnedah Newsagency owner John Sturgess said that he’s glad to see the newsagency’s winning streak continue.

"We’ve sold a few 1st Prizes in Lucky Lotteries, the last division one prize we sold was in Set for Life in 2016," he said.

"It’s great to see another win land in the region.”

More chances to win

There are more chances to win, with tonight’s Oz Lotto offering $5 million, and Thursday’s Powerball boasting a whopping $20 million up for grabs.

Tonight’s Set for Life draw also gives players the chance to win a division one prize of $20,000 a month for 20 years.

The Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot prize is now $3.64 million for draw 1546, while the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot prize is now $2.97 million for draw 10494.

Tickets can be purchased at any licensed lottery outlet, online from thelott.com or via The Lott mobile app.

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

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