An Adelaide man was completely oblivious he was walking around a multi-millionaire for almost a week until he checked the X Lotto ticket he had stuffed in the back of his drawer.
The thrilled winner held one of the eight division one winning entries nationally in X Lotto draw 4129, drawn Saturday 13 February 2021. Each entry takes home a division one prize worth $2,500,000.
The winning ticket was unregistered, so officials had no way of contacting the winner to break the exciting news and had to wait for the ticketholder to come forward to claim the prize.
Sharing his shock with an official from The Lott this morning, the stoked winner recounted the moment he discovered his life-changing win.
“I’m sort of excited but also sort of shocked. It hasn’t really sunk in!” he laughed.
“I’ve been playing for years and just grab a QuickPick whenever I am in town. I always buy it from the same place.
“I bring it home and chuck it in the drawer, and after a few tickets are in there I think ‘I’d better check them to see if there are any winners’.
“So that’s what I did! I went into the outlet and scanned the ticket on the self-check machine.
“I thought it might have been onto something good when it read ‘go to counter’.
“It was a pretty good feeling to realise I had won over two million dollars!
“Although I don’t think I’ll believe it until it lands in my bank account.”
When asked how he planned to enjoy his life as a newly-minted multi-millionaire, the happy South Australian confessed he knew exactly what he would be doing with it.
“As soon as those international borders are open – we’re off!” he declared.
“We’ve always loved travelling to Italy so that will be the first place we go.
“We haven’t got many problems ahead for us now. Life is pretty good. It will be great not to have to stress about anything.
“While we wait for the borders to open, we might buy ourselves a new car and give some to the kids.
“We might even go out for a nice dinner to celebrate!”
The winning entry was purchased at City Cross Lotteries, Kiosk 4, City Cross Shopping Centre, Rundle Mall, Adelaide.
The winning numbers in Saturday X Lotto draw 4129 on 13 February 2021 were 43, 22, 1, 4 and 41, while the supplementary numbers were 24 and 25.
Across Australia, there were eight division one winning entries in Saturday X Lotto draw 4129 – two each from Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia and one each from Queensland and Western Australia.
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 282 so far this financial year, including 30 won by SA Lotteries customers.
In 2020, Saturday X Lotto created 122 millionaires across Australia.
During this time, there were 313 division one winning in Saturday X Lotto entries across Australia, which collectively won more than $355.13 million.