A WYEE man has won $1 million in Lotto with a ticket he purchased from Foodworks at Wyee Shopping Centre.
The man said it “feels great to be a millionaire” after coming forward to claim his Monday and Wednesday Lotto division one prize three days after the draw.
The man was one of the two division one-winning entries across Australia in the Monday and Wednesday Lotto draw 3822, drawn on Monday.
The guaranteed division-one prize is $1 million.
His entry was unregistered, so NSW Lotteries officials had no way to contact him with the news.
Instead, they had to wait for him to come forward and claim his prize.
The man said he realised he’d won on Monday night when he checked his tickets at home.
“I usually check my tickets every night as I take a few tickets every week for a couple of different games, and at about 10 o’clock on Monday night I got pretty excited,” he laughed.
“If I don’t seem that excited now it’s because it’s been a fair while from Monday to now and the news has sunk in.
“It feels great to be a millionaire. It is excellent! Thank you.”
The winner said he would spend a couple of days thinking about what he would do with the money.
“To be honest, there is a reasonably sedate plan in place,” he said.
“Without a doubt we’ll be taking the kids and grandkids on a family holiday to England. We will definitely have the holiday, but there is no urgency to rush out and spend the rest in five minutes.
“In fact, it will be the opposite – we plan to grow it. Believe me, it will be put to good use.”
The million-dollar winning ticket was purchased from Foodworks Wyee, on Wyee Road.
Foodworks Wyee owner David Southwood said he was thrilled the winner had been united with his prize.
“We are very excited the winner has claimed their prize,” he said.
“It’s great to see it was one of our regulars and a local to the area. We wish them all the best for their win.”
So far this calendar year, Monday and Wednesday Lotto and Saturday Lotto have created 171 millionaires across Australia.
The winning numbers in draw 3822 on Monday were 22, 40, 7, 44, 42 and 36, while the supplementary numbers were 31 and 37.