As far as mistakes go, they do not get much better than this.
Following weeks of jackpotting, Oz Lotto’s massive $70 million prize has been won with three division-one tickets sharing the massive haul.
Remarkably, the two winning entries from Victoria were registered to the same player – a St Albans resident who had just knocked off work when he received the best kind of phone call.
“I just checked my entry online and I think I know what you’re about to tell me,” he told a Lott official.
“Am I seeing things? “I’m speechless. I can’t believe it.”
But as he tried to comprehend the idea of being $23.3 million richer, he was informed that he held not one, but two winning tickets, meaning he had actually just pocketed $46.6 million.
The overnight millionaire, who had been playing the same marked numbers for the past 30 years, had absolutely no idea he had accidentally purchased his ticket twice.
A new home and retirement are now on the cards for Australia’s luckiest lotto player, who said he will definitely be sharing his winnings with his family.
Unregistered Hobart entry snares division one
While it has been nothing but celebrating for the Victorian winner, the search is still on for the Tasmanian player holding the third ticket.
The final division-one winning entry was unregistered, meaning lottery officials have no way to contact the ticketholder and must wait for them to check their ticket.
The Lott spokesperson Bronwyn Spencer said she urged any Hobart resident or visitor who purchased an entry into this week’s $70 million Oz Lotto draw to check their tickets as soon as possible.
“If you discover you are holding the division-one winning ticket… contact us on 131 868 to begin the process of claiming your prize,” Ms Spencer said.
The Tasmanian entry was purchased at Hobart City Lotto at Shop 2, Wellington Centre, 40-44 Argyle Street in Hobart.
The winning numbers in Oz Lotto draw 1310 were 12, 28, 24, 29, 9, 18 and 25. The supplementary numbers were 13 and 31.
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