A lucky punter from NSW is still struggling to contemplate the fact he’s woken up this morning almost $17 million richer.
The Parramatta man held the only division one winning entry in the whole country in last night’s Oz Lotto draw, taking home the entire prize of $16,917,396.58.
An official from The Lott contacted the man this morning to confirm the life-changing news, momentarily reducing him to a stunned silence.
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“Wow! Thank you,” he eventually managed. “Thank you. Thank you.”
“I checked my ticket at the newsagency this morning and I was told they couldn’t pay out the prize… That’s when we realised I was last night’s winner.
“I went blank. I couldn’t think at all. It’s a blessing from the heavens above!”
The man revealed he’s been playing Oz Lotto for a very long time, marking the same numbers week after week.
“I never thought I would win a prize this big… It’s hard to imagine having almost $17 million in the bank!” he said.
When asked how he might begin to enjoy his $16.9 million prize, the man said the reality of the news would need to sink in first.
“We will certainly sleep on it, it’s going to take a little while to sink in,” he said.
“We will definitely be sharing the prize with our family and although we can’t go on a holiday at the moment to celebrate, we will do that down the track.
“We will be very wise with the prize but of course we will really enjoy it!”
The multi-million-dollar winning entry was purchased at Toongabbie Newsagency.