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2018 has started in the best possible way for lottery players from Western Australia as winners have begun arriving at Lotterywest HQ in Perth, WA, to claim their winnings.

We recently told you about a lottery player from Maryland who said goodbye to 2017 with a $50,000 Powerball prize, and over the New Year’s weekend, five Western Australians won Division 1 megadraw lottery prizes, and by January 2nd four of those five had already come forward, each collecting a $1.4 million prize. One of those four winning tickets was claimed by a family of four from Willetton who told Australia Lotto officials that they have barely slept since finding out about their big win. Last year a man from Winnipeg in Canada kicked off the New Year with a $1 million scratch card lottery prize.

“Everyone freaked out,” the father of the family said. “We’ve literally had about two hours sleep since Saturday night.” The father continued to say that eventually he gave up on trying to sleep and decided to just wait it out until lottery offices opened and they could finally claim their winnings. A lottery winner from Michigan also said she barely slept before claiming her $100,000 scratch card prize.

The Australia Lotto winning family said that the first purchase with their prize fund will be a new car which they need desperately to fit everyone in. Recently a ten-person lottery syndicate from Perth split a $4.2 million prize on the Australia Lotto mega draw.

Another Australia Lotto winner was a FIFO (fly in, fly out) worker from Wundowie, who told lottery officials that he was enjoying a relaxing drink when he found out he was a Lotto millionaire. “I nearly choked on my can of JD and coke when I found out,” he said, continuing to say that the $1.4 million will enable him to spend more time with his wife and children since his current job takes him away from the family home often.

“FIFO just about nailed me,” he continued. “It was a choice between my health and the money.” It sounds as if the Wundowie man plans to make some big changes to his life thanks to his life-changing Australia Lotto win. Over Christmas we told you about a lottery retailer from Western Australia who said he felt like Santa after a winning Saturday Lotto ticket was sold at his store.

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