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A man from St. Albans in Melbourne had forgotten he had two entries in Tuesday’s $70m (US $46m) draw, each marked with the same numbers.
When lottery staff called the man and alerted him to his double bounty, he said: ‘You’re kidding!’
‘’Am I seeing things? I just checked my entry online and I think I know what you’re about to tell me.’’
‘’I’m speechless. I can’t believe it… I just finished work for the night.’’
Oz Lotto spokeswoman Bronwyn Spence told the Age: “When we reached out to the division one winner from Melbourne to let him know he’d won this massive prize he was completely oblivious to the fact he’d won not once, but twice.“
“Quite remarkably, the Melbourne man didn’t realize he’d bought two entries, he thought he’d bought an entry for a different lottery draw. But because he marks his entries, he marked them with the same numbers that came out of the barrel tonight which meant he won division one twice.”
Both tickets which he bought had the same marked numbers which he’d been playing for 30 years. He bought the tickets separately at two different outlets in Melbourne.
The man bought a ticket at Winning Lotteries St. Albans and then accidentally bought another one with the same numbers at Footscray Lottery Center.
Each ticket for Tuesday night’s $70 million Oz Lotto Jackpot won him $23.3 million.
Matt Hart, a spokesman for lottery organizers The Lott, described the draw as ‘remarkable.’
‘’What’s remarkable about tonight’s draw is that there were three division one entries, but two winners,’’ he said.
‘’The reason for this, the two Victorian entries are held by the one registered player.’’
The man said he had been playing the same numbers for thirty years.
“I play every week. I have always marked my entries, but I have never chosen the numbers on anything in particular. They weren’t special before, but they are now,” he said.
Talking about what to do next, the man said: ‘’I need time for the news to register.’’
‘’I might think about retiring. First maybe a new home or a holiday.’’
‘’I’ll definitely share it with my family.’’
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