A Melbourne man has apologised to lottery officials after they woke him with a life-changing phone call informing him of his incredible $30 million Oz Lotto win.
The South Melbourne resident held the only winning ticket in Oz Lotto draw 1503, and while it was drawn on Tuesday night, the man had no idea he had won and was fast asleep entirely oblivious to his new $30,061,064.85 fortune.
On Wednesday morning, officials from The Lott woke him up with the good news – with the man apologising for being "grumpy" when he first answered the phone.
“Oh my god! Oh my god!” he said when he realised what he had won. “I’m going to cry. Thank you so much. This is fantastic. My brain doesn’t work very well in the morning. Apologies if I was grumpy when I answered. I was asleep, but I’m awake now. This is so crazy."
Winner took a chance with Oz Lotto ticket
The new millionaire said he's a regular Powerball player but decided to give the Oz Lotto draw a go when he saw the $30m prize pool.
“I always had a feeling I was going to win one day – but I think everyone does," he said. "I’ve got numbers I’ve been using for years – my special numbers. They finally paid off, so I’m glad I persisted. They’re the numbers of my favourite sports players."
The winning numbers in Oz Lotto draw 1503 were 2, 24, 34, 44, 5, 32 and 11, while the supplementary numbers were 46, 20 and 39.
The man said while he's tempted to "go crazy", he's going to "be smart and set myself and my family up for the future". He also made the surprising decision to go to work on Wednesday and said he would continue to work for the time being.
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