A man from the Sunshine Coast of Australia has won a double jackpot prize on the Gold Lotto, by accidentally buying the same winning ticket twice.
The lucky winner, who is in his 40s but didn’t reveal any other details about himself, realised he had won his first prize after the Gold Lotto drawing on Saturday evening, and was already celebrating when lottery officials called to congratulate him on his other win. The lucky lottery player said that when the Lotto called him, his first reaction was one of shock, “Two?! Two?! Oh my god. I’ve got double that win?” the man exclaimed when he found out about his lucky mistake. A woman from Cairns, a little further up Australia’s East Coast, was also shocked and delighted when she found out about a Gold Lotto win.
Having first thought he’d won $993,091.46, the Sunshine Coast man’s Gold Lotto prize total has now increased to $1.98 million. He told lottery officials that he bought his tickets online, but the second one was not intentional. A couple from the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England also bought two winning tickets for a EuroMillions draw in which they each won £148,089.
“What I did is I accidentally doubled up. I did buy two tickets. I’ve done it a few times now. I buy entries in advance, but then sometimes overlap when I get the next one.” The lottery winner uses the same numbers on every Gold Lotto ticket which he buys. Recently a retiree from the Sunshine Coast won $1 million on the Gold Lotto and planned to use it to buy a new boat.
Now that he had $1.98 million to his name, the lucky anonymous winner said that he is seriously considering quitting his job, just like a Canadian who won $33 million on the Lotto 649 and quickly quit his job in order to go back to school. The Australian plans to use his Gold Lotto winnings to help out his family. “I am going to cry. I need to ring my mum and dad. With this, I can do something for them,” he said. A Canadian $10 million Lotto Max winner also planned to help his family with his winnings.
The winnings numbers for Saturday night’s Gold Lotto drawing were 10, 34, 6, 40, 37 and 3, and the supplementary numbers were 15 and 18.
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