Man's common habit almost cost him $1m Lotto win

·Lifestyle Editor
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A Melbourne man ignored an important phone call for four days before his life changed when he finally answered.

The resident, from Wheelers Hill in the city's southeast, didn't realise until he picked up the phone that he was a millionaire who held a winning ticket in the TattsLotto draw last weekend.

The man had one of five division one entries in the March 6 draw, with each winner taking home $1,156,990.

The Lott said in a statement when they finally got hold of the man, he admitted he had been ignoring their phone calls for days.

"I know you've been calling me for a few days, but I don't answer calls from numbers I don't know," the man told The Lott.

A person holds a TattsLotto ticket.
The man held a winning ticket in Saturday's TattsLotto (file picture). Source: The Lott

"But I thought you were persistent, so I decided to pick up.

"I'm very glad I did."

The man added he chose the winning numbers about 20 years ago and felt he'd been playing the lotto all his life.

"I can't believe they've finally been drawn," he said.

Man reveals how he will spend Lotto win

Like most lottery winners, the man told The Lott he hoped to use the money to help out his family.

"I will be able to really help the kids out," he said.

"I am going to pay off a chunk of their mortgages."

For how he will spend the money on himself, he had a more simple plan.

"My TV broke just recently, so I will be able to finally replace it," he said.

And do some more travelling around Australia."

The man purchased the winning ticket from Wheelers Hill Newsagency and owner Yao Xue said she believed her store was "lucky".

"We feel very happy that one of our customers have won this incredible prize," she told The Lott.

"Over the years we've sold six division one winning entries, our customers certainly believe we're a lucky store.

"We hope we make another one of our loyal customers a millionaire again soon."

Out of the other division one winners two were from Victoria, one was from Queensland and another from Tasmania.

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