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Two Novocastrians become New Year’s Eve Lotto multi-millionaires


Two Newcastle residents have started 2022 as multi-millionaires after each scoring $2.3 million in the $40 Million Megadraw on New Year’s Eve.

There were 17 division one winning entries across Australia in Lotto draw 4221 on Friday 31 December, scoring $2,352,941.18 apiece.

Both men purchased their tickets online at – the official home of Australia’s lotteries.

One, a Newcastle dad in his 40s, was oblivious he’d become an overnight multi-millionaire until an official from The Lott broke the news to him on New Year’s Day.

“Holy s***,” he exclaimed when the magnitude of his win was revealed.

“Mate, that’s amazing. You’re a legend. This is the best call I’ve ever had.

“I was in bed right on midnight last night and had a nice sleep-in, so I had no idea.

“I was just looking at my bank account – this will do wonders to it.

“Clearing the mortgage will be the first thing we do.

“I won’t retire, but I will buy a new car.”

The winner purchased his 18-game QuickPick entry online at

The second Novocastrian was bracing himself for another year of work in 2022 but is now contemplating an early retirement.

“I was just having a quiet night at home on New Year’s Eve when I thought I’d check my ticket,” he explained.

“I saw six numbers in a line all in red and thought, ‘that’s a good sign’.

“I didn’t get much sleep after that.

“I play Lotto every week – and this is just incredible. 

“Thank you very much.

“This prize means a lot. It means I can retire properly.  It’s truly life-changing.”

He purchased his 50-game QuickPick entry online at

The winning numbers in Lotto draw 4221 on 31 December were 32, 14, 15, 8, 43 and 20, while the supplementary numbers were 35 and 31.

Across Australia, there were 17 division one winning entries in Lotto draw 4221 – five from NSW, four from Queensland and two each from the ACT, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 236 so far this financial year, including 83 by NSW Lotteries customers.

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