Dad retires immediately from his day job after winning $2.5 million lottery
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A hard-working dad has been given the shock of his life after checking his lottery ticket.
The bloke from Melbourne’s north was one of thousands across Australia who bought a TattsLotto ticket for the draw on September 1.
While loads of people might have watched each ball drop to see if their numbers come up, the unnamed man didn't pay as close attention.
It wasn't until a week later that he cross-checked his numbers and realised he was a multi-millionaire.
He held one of eight division one winning entries and earned $2.5 million.
“I’ve always gone with the philosophy that you have to be in it to win it," he said. “You never really expect it to happen though.”
He was so overwhelmed when it sank in how that amount of money would change his life.
“I don’t know what to do," he said when speaking to TattsLotto officials.
“I don’t know whether I should laugh or cry. I’m going to retire straight away, I think.
“I’ve had a good working life, but this has just made it that much easier to pull back and enjoy the rest of my life in a more relaxed manner.”
When asked what he planned to do with his winnings, he said he would definitely not keep it all to himself.
“I’ll also pay off my kid’s mortgages," he said.
"It’s tough out there at the moment and I can’t wait to be able to help them get ahead and prepare for the future.
“I’ve got no doubt this win is going to do some amazing things for a lot of people.”
His winning numbers were 9, 37, 32, 41, 40 and 16, with supplementary numbers 26 and 30 and the ticket was sold at the Broadford Newsagency.
Store manager Amber Lunn said was thrilled for the man.
“How exciting has this been Broadford Newsagency and the local community. Who would believe that we would sell another division one winning entry in less than a month,” she said.
“We’re always happy when we sell a division one winning entry because it truly changes our customers lives and we’re glad to be a part of that.
“Congratulations to our very fortunate winner and we wish them all the best. Hopefully we can keep this winning streak going!”
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