A South Australian man is now $730,000 richer thanks to a birthday present he received from his mother.
The man from Whyalla Norrie, located on the Eyre Peninsula, held one of seven division one-winning entries in the most recent Saturday X Lotto draw.
Speaking to officials from the Lott, the man said he’d been waiting until the money hit his account before he got too excited.
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He also revealed the ticket had been purchased by his mother for his birthday last week.
“I rang her yesterday … and she didn’t believe me at all,” the winner said.
“I said to her, ‘Mum! It’s confirmed!’. Then she called me back and read all the numbers out one by one with hesitation.
“Once she read out all the winning numbers that were on my ticket, it hit her that I’d won $730,000.”
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The man said he planned to use the money to help his mother, describing her as “my heartbeat”.
“She’s everything to me,” he said.
“I wouldn’t have had a great birthday if it wasn’t for her, so I look forward to giving back to her.”
The winner of the life-changing prize was initially a mystery as the entry was not registered to a player card.
The owner of George Avenue Deli, where the winning ticket was purchased from, said the store had sold several major winning entries over the past two years.
“We’re so happy to hear we had sold another division one-winning entry in Saturday X Lotto,” Lorna-Jane Anderson said.
“There’s no doubt the local community will be happy to hear another Whyalla Norrie customer has won big with a ticket purchased at our outlet.”
The winning numbers in Saturday’s draw 4405 were 18, 23, 25, 37, 28 and 35. The supplementary numbers were 16 and 8.
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You can access online counselling as well as services in your state or territory and support for family and friends.
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