Fri, Sep 8, 9:24am by Staff Writer
A man hailing from the Perth suburb of Innaloo has experienced a once in a lifetime moment for the second time in a decade, after winning the Saturday Lotto’s Division One jackpot.
According to Lotterywest officials, the “forty-something-year-old” man – who wishes to remain anonymous at this time – claimed $684,957.29 in prize money for his share of the Division One haul.
His was the only winning ticket sold in Western Australia, while five others were dispensed across Australia.
But what makes this man’s winning moment so special is that it’s happened before, as he told Lotterywest during his victory interview:
“Would you believe this is actually the second Division 1 win I’ve experienced in my lifetime?”
I was part of a winning syndicate around 10 years ago and pocketed $5,000 – so to win again, bloody ripper!”
The odds against winning a Division One jackpot in Lotterywest’s Saturday Lotto draw stand at 1 in 8,145,060 – making the man’s repeat win a more than 1 in 66 billion shot.
And even after that improbability materialized, the winner had his sights set on a third trip to the payout desk:
“I’ll see you in the winners’ room again on Monday…
You know what they say – third time’s a charm!”
The winning ticket, which was the 46th such Division One jackpot awarded in Western Australia, was purchased at 160 Central News in Innaloo.
The winning numbers for Draw #3767, held on August 26, were 45, 20, 11, 38, 27, and 15, with supplementary numbers of 18 and 42.
In the wake of last Saturday’s $20 million SuperDraw – which generated an estimated $3.5 million for the state – Lotterywest spokesperson Chloe Lawler was sure to let the public know exactly how the lotto worked to improve Western Australia’s local communities:
“That money is dedicated to WA’s hospitals, arts and cultural groups and sporting associations as well as thousands of not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities.
Most recently we were able to provide a $1.47 million grant to the City of Stirling to help fund the Scarborough Beach redevelopment.”
As the double-winner celebrates his unlikely accomplishment, Oz Lotto officials have sounded the alarm, stating that a $30 million jackpot winner remains unclaimed.
The winning ticket – an unregistered entry for Draw #1229 on September 5 – was sold by Nextra Fraser Gateway Newsagency in Queensland’s Fraser Coast.
Golden Casket spokesperson Matt Hart told local media outlets that his agency was eagerly awaiting a chance to meet Queensland’s newest multimillionaire:
“It’s hard to believe, but someone out there woke up this morning a multi-millionaire — but they may not know it yet!”
Ian McKechnie, owner of Nextra Fraser Gateway Newsagency, told Golden Casket that the entire Hervey Bay community was celebrating the latest Division One jackpot:
“This massive win has been the talk of the town during the past 24 hours.
It’s brilliant to have sold another division one winning entry! Hervey Bay is clearly a lucky area for big division one wins.
We’ve had a lot of people coming to check their entries hoping they might hold the winning ticket!”
The winning ticket bears primary numbers of 16, 45, 4, 35, 8, 28 and 27, along with supplementary numbers of 22 and 34.
Lotto watchers may remember the Hervey Bay area as the home of Australia’s largest ever Division One jackpot. In January of last year, a pair of retired grandparents pocketed a $70 million Powerball prize to set a new national record.
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