A humble Ferntree Gully couple have celebrated with a chuckle and a cup of coffee after discovering they scored a division one prize of almost $800,000 in the weekend’s TattsLotto draw.
The Melbourne locals held one of the five division one winning entries across Australia in TattsLotto draw 3997, drawn Saturday 9 November 2019. Each entry won a division one prize of $797,869.82.
When a Tatts official contacted the winners this afternoon to confirm the prize, the couple recounted the moment they discovered the win.
“We were just sitting at home in the lounge when all of a sudden my partner started giggling,” the happy woman explained.
“I said to him ‘What on earth are you laughing at?’ and when he told me, I thought he was having me on.
“He’s told me he’s won before but usually he only has a few numbers, so I usually scan the ticket on the app to double check the prize.
“I was about to scan the ticket to double check this time but then I saw he had circled every number in one game on the ticket and that’s when it sunk in.
“It was so nice! We just sat about in the lounge laughing.
“We didn’t even have anything to celebrate with except a cup of coffee!”
When asked how they planned to use their windfall, the chuckling couple confessed they had stayed up all night deciding how to enjoy their prize.
“We did not sleep, I can tell you that!” the woman laughed.
“I think I got about three hours sleep. I kept waking up my partner to say, ‘talk to me about it!’. I was so excited.
“We decided we are both going to get a new car, but we will probably be sensible with the rest and save it.
“We said we would use it to treat ourselves to a concert or to see a sporting event which isn’t something we could normally do.
“This will just give us the freedom to do a bit more of the fun things in life.
“We are pretty simple people and we are fortunate we don’t need much. This will just help with those small things we don’t usually get to do.”
The happy pair, who wish to remain anonymous, purchased their entry at Ferntree Gully Newsagency, Shop 2, 69 Station Street, Ferntree Gully.
Ferntree Gully Newsagency owner Des Higginbotham said he was thrilled his outlet had sold its tenth division one winning entry.
“It’s such great news! We are very happy!” he exclaimed.
“This is the tenth division one winning entry we’ve sold. We are hoping to sell number eleven soon. Maybe in next week’s draw.
“We are so thrilled it is a local to the area and regular customers.
“We wish them all the best with their prize!”
In the 12 months to 30 June 2019, Monday & Wednesday Lotto and TattsLotto created 193 millionaires across Australia.
The winning numbers in TattsLotto draw 3997 on Saturday 9 November 2019 were 28, 1, 25, 36, 27 and 10, while the supplementary numbers were 14 and 18.
Across Australia, there were five division one entries in TattsLotto draw 3997 – three from New South Wales and one each from Queensland and Victoria.
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 326 so far this calendar year, including 126 won by Tatts customers.
In the 12 months to 30 June 2019, there were 244 division one winning TattsLotto entries across the Lott’s jurisdictions, which collectively won more than $286.6 million.