A struggling Sydney restaurant owner on the verge of shutting down his business due to Covid-19 has won a record $ 1.7 million in USA Power Lotto from The Lottery Office.
The Lottery Office allows Australians to purchase tickets in global lotteries, including in the United States, as it purchases a corresponding ticket for customers of the draws overseas.
The 50-year-old also missed a number to win the Division One prize of $ 170 million.
However, the victory was bolstered by the man accidentally selecting a multiplier game for an additional $ 3.45, which doubled his Division 2 base price of $ 828,000.
Its total prize – $ 1.656 million – is Australia’s biggest win from an online-only lottery provider.
The man was notified of the victory via a push notification on the Lottery Office app, which he had not downloaded and started using until December.
Lottery Office chief executive Jaclyn Wood said the man, from Oatlands in northwest Sydney, was in tears.
“The player said the recent lockdowns had taken a heavy toll on his hotel businesses and had spent many sleepless nights figuring out how he could continue to support his family and staff,” said Ms Wood.
“He emailed us right after the app informed him of the victory. He knew he had won a jackpot, but he wasn’t ready to believe it. When I called him this morning he was in tears from the moment I confirmed how much he had won.
The man said Covid-19 brought his business to a standstill and was on the verge of shutting down.
“I have been in business for almost 30 years, but due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 I was on the verge of collapse,” said the Division 2 winner.
“I feel like this win is an absolute miracle that saved my life, and I won’t let this opportunity go to waste. I will use this money to pay off my debts and save my business. “
Ms Wood said the US Lottery’s $ 183 million Division 1 prize was postponed this week as no one had won it.
“Our lotteries offer Australians some of the biggest jackpots in the world, and since no one has won the Division 1 prize, USA Power Lotto has once again won $ 183 million in this Thursday’s draw,” he said. she declared.
“If the customer wins, we pay them the exact amount of the winnings we collect on the foreign lottery ticket. “
The Lottery Office donates a percentage of ticket sales to Australian charities. Global Players Network is the parent company of The Lottery Office.