The old saying goes that bad news comes in threes, but this week it was the opposite for Australian Lotto players in Western Australia as three big prizes were won in the state.
Three Division One winning Lotto tickets were sold in Australia’s largest state this weekend, one each in Armadale, Balga and Manjimup, and so far just one of the winners has come forward to claim their prize. A run like this one is not uncommon, as earlier this year three McDowell County, North Carolina lottery players won more than $1 million on scratch cards. The family from Manjimup, who decided to keep certain details about themselves private, won a $570,620.00 prize from the Australian Lotto, and they said that the prize money will help them to get onto the property market, just as another recent Western Australian lottery winner said they hoped the money would help them get out of financial difficulty.
Currently living in rented accommodation, the family is now looking forward to buying their own family home as well as a car, and going on a big vacation. Watching the Australian Lotto numbers drawn on the television screen on Saturday evening, the winners said that they were excitedly watching as each number was revealed, before they checked through the few tickets that they had purchased for the draw which repeated luck similar to that of two WA ticket holders who won top prizes on the lottery last May.
Little did they know, however, that the last Australian Lotto ticket they checked would be worth more than half a million Australian dollars, and one family member even said that they weren’t believed when they first broke the news. “My partner thought I was lying as I’ve played pranks on friends before about winning Lotto, but this time I actually had. I was pretty keen to win one day and now I’ve done it!” they told lottery officials.
According to the Australian Lotto winners, who claimed their prize as soon as Western Australian lottery offices reopened on Monday, they scarcely slept on Saturday night and could barely believe their luck, just like a man from Victoria who was in disbelief after he won more than $16 million on the Australia Powerball. So much so, in fact, that they spent hours checking and re-checking the numbers to try to get themselves to believe that it was real.
The other weekend winners, who purchased their tickets from Princess Road News & Lotto in Balga and Armadale Newsagency in Armadale, have not yet contacted the lottery organizer Lotterywest.
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