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Two Mates Become Millionaires After Accidentally Buying Identical Lottery Tickets

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Two Mates Become Millionaires After Accidentally Buying Identical Lottery Tickets

Two pals have become millionaires after buying identical lottery tickets with numbers that ended up winning, dubbing the blunder 'the greatest stuff-up in the world'.

The anonymous friends, from Goolwa, south of Adelaide in Australia, had been putting the lottery on between themselves for years.

They had their chosen numbers (12, 21, 10, 2, 1 and 42 with supplementary 13 and 40) and took it in turns each week to buy a ticket in the hope of one day winning. But on this occasion they were mixed up with whose turn it was - and both entered.

The pair accidentally put the lottery on each. Credit: needpix.com
The pair accidentally put the lottery on each. Credit: needpix.com
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The colleagues both bagged themselves AUD $1.67million (£895,000/USD $1.14m) when they put on the X Lotto.

One of the winners said: "My mate thought it was his turn last week, but it was actually mine and I'd already put it on.

"It's incredible that the week we both end up with a ticket, thanks to a mistake, is the week our numbers are drawn.

"And if you knew the two of us, the more likely scenario is that the week our numbers are pulled out of the barrel is the week we'd both forget to buy a ticket."

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According to 9News, the pair have said they will be quitting their jobs together and retiring. Hopefully they'll be doing something a bit smarter than this woman who blew her lottery winnings.

Callie Rogers was the UK's youngest lotto winner at 16. Credit: PA
Callie Rogers was the UK's youngest lotto winner at 16. Credit: PA

Callie Rogers won a whopping £1.8 million when she was just 16. At the time, she was earning £3.60 an hour as a shop assistant at the local Co-op in her home town of Workington, Cumbria.

She is now calling for the age limit of lottery players to be increased saying she was 'too young' when she stumbled across her fortune.

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Single mum Rogers told The Mirror that the cash has now all gone - but has admitted she's never felt better, now earning just £12,000 ($15,300) a year as a carer and living in a £500-a-month rented home.

She told the newspaper: "I am the happiest I have ever been. You are only 16, with all that responsibility. At that age, you can get the best advice ever. But you are not in a position to listen. I was too young.

"Overnight I went from carefree child to adult. All these years on, it still gets dragged up. Even when I go for job interviews, I am thinking about it.

"I suffer from such bad anxiety when I am going to meet new people. It preys on my mind, what a new partner's family will think of me, or even new friends. I still get abuse just because of who I am."

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Topics: Australia News, News, Australia, Lottery

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