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Oz Lotto Jackpot Winner Takes Time To Be Convinced

Last Updated: Thursday 20 July 2017, 09:17 am

On a day when the largest Oz Lotto jackpot of the year was split three ways, one of the lucky winners found it so hard to believe that they initially hung up the phone when contacted by lottery officials. The man, from Manly in New South Wales, was eventually convinced that he had landed $16.6 million, and is now looking forward to ‘a happy life’.

A terrific First Division prize of $50 million was up for grabs on Tuesday night following six draws without a winner, and the numbers 2, 7, 19, 21, 23, 29 and 45 proved to be very fortunate for three participants. The supplementary numbers 37 and 43 helped to produce thousands of other winners, and you can take a look at the Oz Lotto Results page to see a full prize breakdown.

The Manly man, who has decided to remain anonymous, refused to believe the news when first contacted by an official from NSW Lotteries, but later stayed on the line long enough to have his win confirmed. He even revealed that he had a feeling his ticket, a System 9 entry using family birthdates, might earn him a lot of money.

“Earlier today I thought I’d love to win. I was just thinking in my head driving along, and lo and behold I won! I can’t believe it! When you rang before I thought it was a bit strange. But then I went and grabbed my ticket, then I checked my ticket and saw the numbers,” said the man, who plans to invest the money and may consider early retirement.

The other two winning tickets on Tuesday were sold in Queensland and Western Australia. The Queensland winner, a Carindale woman who bought her Quick Pick ticket from a local store, was far more excited than the Manly man when she received her call from a Golden Casket official. She reportedly screamed with delight for several minutes, saying: “Oh my god! You’ve stopped my heart! I need my heart fixed!”

The Oz Lotto jackpot will now reset to $2 million for the next draw on Tuesday, while there are a host of other exciting Australian National Lottery games to enjoy this week. If you want to follow in the footsteps of the latest trio of big winners, you can pick numbers online or go to any authorised retailer in Australia. Good luck!

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