A Narooma man has more than a little extra pocket change after a recent Lotto draw.
He held one of the four division one winning entries in Saturday’s Lotto draw 4411, taking home $1,311,960.34.
“Wow! I don’t know whether to cheer, laugh or cry,” he said.
“I had no idea. I thought I had won something like $11,000.
“This is incredible.”
The man realised his ticket had won a prize on Thursday morning (2 November), but didn’t realise how much the win was until he spoke with an official from The Lott.
“I checked my ticket at a newsagency and the machine said, ‘keep ticket, go to counter’,” he said.
“The woman at the desk said I had won something, but she couldn’t see how much and that I needed to call in.
“Anyway, I called my wife and said, ‘I think we’ve won something substantial’.
“She said, ‘That’s nice, dear’.”
The winning numbers in Saturday’s Lotto draw 4411 were 30, 13, 12, 14, 18 and 35, while the supplementary numbers came in as 43 and 2.
Across Australia, there were four division one winning entries – two people in NSW, one in Victoria and one in Queensland.
The Narooma man said he had a bit of a secret formula when entering the draw.
“I’ve been playing for over 25 years with the same special numbers,” he said.
“Everyone dreams of receiving a winning phone call, whether it’s $40 million or one million!
“I always thought I’d win one day, but it really is surreal now that it’s reality.
“I was having a bad week too, so this is just amazing.
“Thank you so much. I’ll be able to buy a house now!
“Wish me luck on getting to sleep tonight.”
The Narooma man’s ticket was purchased at Silly Willys Discounts in Narooma.
Matthew Nolan, one of the owners, said the win came as a surprise.
“We’re a new outlet and this is the first division one entry we’ve sold, so we’re over the moon,” he said.
“It’s an amazing feeling.
“We feel so lucky to have been able to help make someone’s dreams come true.”
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 345 so far in 2023, including 111 won by NSW Lotteries customers.
“We’ve already started decorating our counter with balloons, and signs and sharing the good news with our customers,” Matthew said.
“Congratulations to the winning local. We hope it makes a wonderful difference to your life!”