Australind father and son claim $1m Lotto prize

A father and son from Australind are Western Australia’s newest millionaires after accidentally purchasing a Monday Lotto ticket.
Nanjing Night Net

“We usually play Saturday Lotto together,” the father said.

“But I got my days mixed up and bought the wrong ticket.”

The happy accident marks the seventh division oneticket sold in WA in January.

The father said he had been playing Lotto using his own unique set of numbers for almost 40 years.

“My investment has paid off,” he said.

“We aren’t flashy people so I’m not sure how we’ll spend the money but we’ll definitely celebrate over a tinny.”

Lotterywest spokesperson Pina Compagnone said the father and son were Monday’s only division one winners nationwide.

“In January, Western Australians shared in almost $29 million in prize money,” Ms Compagnone said.

“We’ve definitely started 2017 with a bang.”

AustralindNews and Post owner Stephen Lucas said with regional WA doing it tough, he hoped the lucky winner was from the south west.

“Unemployment rates have skyrocketed, the economy has been tough and lots of people are still recovering from the fires in Yarloop and Waroona,” Mr Lucas said.

“We all look out for one-another but it would be nice to know that we’ve helped change the life of a local.”

Mr Lucas, who took over ownership of the store four months ago, said he hoped regional WA’s run of Lotto luck would continue.

Ms Compagnone said she hoped WA’s Lotto luck would continue with a $10 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday followed by a $30 million OZ Lotto jackpot next Tuesday.

Across the last 12 months Lotterywest has provided over $1.1 million in support to the South West including $600,000 toward the Koombana Bay Foreshore playground as well as $180,000 dedicated to crisis accommodation.

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