8 October 2020

Canberra finds its $11 million man after massive Lotto win

| Michael Weaver
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A Canberra man has won more than $11 million in Tuesday night’s Oz Lotto draw. Photo: (not of the actual winner) supplied.

An unnamed ACT resident is “freaking out” after he was declared the sole division one winner of the Oz Lotto draw on Tuesday night (6 October).

“I don’t even know what to say. Wow. I am freaking out. Wow,” the man said after seeing he had won the entire division one prize of $11,283,854.81.

“This doesn’t feel real! I think I’ll only believe it when I see the money in my bank account.”

The man said he almost fell out of his car when he checked the Oz Lotto ticket he had been carrying in his wallet to discover he was the mystery multi-millionaire that lottery officials had been searching for.

The life-changing entry was purchased at Charnwood Newsagency, with owner Stephen Dowling saying he was thrilled the winner had come forward and checked his ticket.

“It’s incredible to see this life-changing prize go to one of our local and regular customers,” Mr Dowling said.

“It’s exciting for everyone to see these kinds of wins happen in the community.

“Congratulations to him. It sounds like he will really enjoy his prize.”

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The winner said he would be calling his mum to tell her he’d be buying his parents a new house before purchasing one for himself as well.

“I’m always hoping for $1,000 or $2,000 or so to pay some bills,” he said.

“But this is going to take a while to get my head around it. I will definitely have to talk to a financial planner.

“My parents have struggled forever so I can’t wait to tell them that I will be buying them a house.

“And then I’ll be able to buy myself a house as well. I can’t comprehend what that will be like.”

The man said it would be the beginning of a new life but he may not be sleeping for a few days.

“I had the ticket in my wallet and I just pulled it out and scanned it on the app. When I saw $11 million appear on my screen I just about fell out of the car.

“This is actually unbelievable. I never thought this would happen to me,” he said.

The biggest Oz Lotto jackpot was $50 million on 15 October 2019, which was won by a Leumeah tradie who walked off the job and vowed never to work again.

For the record, the winning numbers in Oz Lotto draw 1390 on 6 October were 12, 26, 22, 13, 10, 43 and 25. The supplementary numbers were 34 and 2.

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Good on him. Enjoy!

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