Bondi Man Tries To Explain Double Win
The winner’s incredible week started when he won the AU$1 million Division 1 Prize in the Monday Lotto draw on 7th May. He then repeated the feat to win a share of the AU$20 million Saturday Lotto Superdraw jackpot on 12th May. He split the money with 13 other participants, taking his total for the week to more than AU$2.4 million.
The player, a man in his 40s, has decided to keep his identity private. He said: “The chances of winning twice in such a short period of time must be non-existent. I wish I had some advice to others on how to win the lottery but I don’t — God has just looked after me.”
Speaking about his plans for the future, he added: “As I said the other day when I won, I’m not going to be stupid with it and I still plan to invest it wisely in real estate but I guess I’m now more financially secure. I’ll still hope to buy something in Bondi or maybe on the Gold Coast. A holiday to Honolulu goes without saying. I did treat myself to a nice brand new car though but the rest I will be sensible with definitely.”
The man bought both of his tickets from Bondi Sixway News on Hall Street and played a system entry to boost his chances of winning. Having already won the jackpot twice, he plans to keep on buying tickets. “You never know, you could be calling me again,” he told NSW Lotteries.
Other Lucky Lottery Players
The man from Bondi is not the first player to win multiple big lottery prizes. A Californian teenager, Rosa Dominguez, hit the headlines last July when she played two different scratch-off games at different locations and ended the week US$655,555 richer.
Dominguez won US$555,555 on a game bought at a gas station in Paso Robles, before claiming another US$100,000 on a ticket bought at another gas station in Monterey County just a few days later.
UK couple David and Kathleen Long have also become famous EuroMillions winners after winning two separate prizes of £1 million. The husband and wife from Scunthorpe first won a Millionaire Maker prize in 2013, before landing another seven-figure sum in 2015. UK National Lottery operator Camelot calculated the odds of their double win as 283 billion to one.
In an added twist, the landlord of David and Kathleen’s local pub also won £1 million in July 2017. Ian Brooke was joined by the Longs when he picked up his cheque and declared The Mallard to be ‘the luckiest pub in the UK, if not Europe’.
Can You Become The Next Winner?
The odds of winning the jackpot twice might be astronomical, but the Sydney man’s story shows that anything is possible if you take part in a game. There are some huge prizes up for grabs around the world this week, including a US$306 million Powerball jackpot, €78 million on Eurojackpot and £32 million on EuroMillions.