A couple from Leongatha in Victoria, Australia, are celebrating after they won a $40m Oz Lotto jackpot in the draw held on Tuesday May 24th.
Their winning Oz Lotto ticket was purchased in the small town of South Gippsland. The lucky couple have decided to remain anonymous, that’s like the recent €500,000 EuroMillions winner in Ireland.
They managed to hit the $40m jackpot by matching all seven numbers in the May 24th draw to become the latest lottery millionaires in Australia. Their winning numbers were 05-11-22-25-32-34-38.
It wasn’t until the Friday after the draw that the couple finally realized they were the $40m Oz Lotto jackpot winners. The big win hasn’t quite sunk in yet though. “It’s a big, big shock. It’s incredible!” said the delighted wife. “Someone told us to check out ticket and it turned out that it was us all along.” she added. That’s similar to the couple from Canberra, Australia, who went four days before realizing they’d won a $20m Oz Lotto jackpot. In England it took Kerry Poxon three weeks before discovering her £1.2m UK Lotto win.
Plans on just how they’ll spend the $40m Oz Lotto jackpot are yet to be finalized but the couple say that they have always planned to use any winnings “even $1m” to help the Leongatha community and other good causes. “We’re not greedy” the winners declared and $40m is “more than enough to look after our family.” $40m Lotto Max winner Tom Crist has used a lot of his winnings to help individuals and charities.
Last week we told you of a survey into how many big lottery winners retire after their win. A couple from Western Australia who also won a $40m Oz Lotto jackpot this year carried on working after their win. Well for this couple they are definitely retiring and can’t wait to no longer “being under the clock.” They added, “It’s amazing what you can do with more time to enjoy the things you love.” Joseph Woods from Maryland, USA, also retired after he won $1m playing Powerball.
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