Almost a month after the draw, a Newcastle man has today come forward to claim his $4.8 million Set for Life prize.
Unbelievably, he explained the winning ticket had been tucked inside his wallet the entire time.
The Hunter resident held the only division one winning entry nationally in Set for Life draw 2256, drawn Saturday 9 October.
He now takes home $4.8 million, paid in instalments of $20,000 a month for 20 years.
The winning entry was unregistered, which means officials from The Lott had no way of contacting him to break the life-changing news.
Instead, they had to wait for him.
Today, the winner came forward to claim his prize, explaining he usually registered his lottery tickets to a player card, but had forgotten on this occasion.
“This ticket has just been in my wallet,” he laughed.
“The other day I came across it again and thought I’d better check it.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw I’d won division one.
“I checked the ticket over and over again because I wanted to make sure it was true.
“It’s funny, because on the day I bought this ticket, I just had this overwhelming feeling that I was going to win division one.
“I’m so glad I bought it.”
After trying to “manifest” a lottery win for years, the family man admitted he’s in celebration mode after finally scoring division one.
“I follow the law of attraction and have done for years, so I really feel as though I manifested this win,” he said.
“I even wrote a list including all of the things I would do if I ever won division one.
“The first thing I planned to do was look after my family.
“We are going to live a really luxurious lifestyle.
“Then I want to donate to a number of charities that are close to my heart.
“I always said if I did win, that I would need to give back. I already know exactly which charities I am donating to.
“This is a life-changing win. I am so grateful.”
The winning entry was purchased at Nina’s IGA Hamilton, 73 Beaumont Street.
Manager Eleni Kiriakidis said she was glad to hear her division one winner had claimed his prize.
“It’s fantastic news,” she stated.
“We were so excited when we heard we’d sold the winning ticket and now we’re even happier to hear it’s been claimed.
“This was our first division one win, so it was a big moment for us.
“We really hope our winner enjoys his prize and gets to do all of the things he always dreamed of.
“Congratulations to him.
“Hopefully, we have another big win here soon.”
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