One lucky Australian is a staggering $96 MILLION richer after lottery jackpot is won for first time in three years – paying just $5.50 for their ticket
- A Sydney man has won a $96million jackpot with a $5.50 Lucky Lotteries ticket
- It is the second-biggest ever jackpot prize won by an Australian individual
- Lucky Lotteries Mega draw has hit the jackpot for the first time since early 2017
A Sydney dad swore and was in disbelief after winning $96million in a lottery draw, making him one of Australia’s richest-ever instant multi-millionaires.
The office worker from Chatswood, on the city’s lower north shore, won first prize after spending $5.50 on a Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot ticket.
It was Australia’s second-biggest ever prize won by a single person, after a Sydney woman won $107million playing Powerball in January.
After learning he had won the jackpot in draw 1447, he was in disbelief thinking it was a prank call.
A Sydney dad swore and was in disbelief after winning $96million in a lottery draw
‘You’re sh*ting me,’ he told a Tatts Group representative on Tuesday afternoon.
‘I can only say holy sh*t.
‘Jesus Christ. I’m at work at the moment so I wasn’t expecting this phone call.’
‘I’m shaking. I’m just waiting for someone to tell me I’m being punked.’
The lottery winner didn’t think his wife would even believe him.
‘I can’t wait to call my wife and tell her I have won. I don’t think she’ll believe me,’ he said.
‘I’m a bit of a prankster so she’ll probably think I’m pulling a fast one.’
It has been almost three years since the Lucky Lotteries jackpotted.
The $96million prize more than 12 times the size of a $7.48millino Lucky Lotteries jackpot a woman from Rydalmere, in Sydney’s west, won in January 2017.
The regular player, who wished to remain anonymous, bought his ticket online at thelott.com.
Australia’s newest lottery winner planned to help his children with their futures.
‘This is going to change my life immeasurably,’ he said.
‘I’m going to look after my kids and make sure they are set up for the future.’
He planned a wild holiday.
‘Then I am going to find the most outrageous holiday I can think of to take myself on,’ he said.
‘I’ve always wanted to travel so maybe I’ll work my way around the world.
‘It’s unlikely that I am going to finish the day out at work. I’m pretty sure I’ll quit. My endless lunch-break starts now.’