A Bentleigh man is not only looking forward to helping his cherished family, but also travelling to discover more about his family’s heritage after winning the huge $5 million division one prize in Tuesday night’s Oz Lotto draw. 

The retired man was the only division one winner in Australia for Oz Lotto draw 1224 on Tuesday 1 August 2017.

While the winner had registered his winning entry to a Tatts card, his contact details were incomplete so Tatts was unable to contact him to deliver the dream-come-true news of his $5 million win.

Instead the man discovered his Oz Lotto windfall yesterday while routinely checking his tickets. 

“I had absolutely no idea I’d won!” the man exclaimed. “It still hasn’t sunk in yet. 

“I’m not jumping up and down like a cat on a hot tin roof, but I’m sure I will be! 

“Before this, my biggest ever lotto win was a division four prize in Oz Lotto.  Oz Lotto seems to be a good game for me!” 

The regular player said his win had come at a great time as he had been forced to retire early because of ill health. He plans to use some of his winnings to buy his own home, help his family and set himself up for the future. 

“I might also go overseas!” he said. 

“I’ve been researching my family tree and so want to do some research on the ground.  I’ve managed to go back seven generations, but I know my family dates back further.”

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his winning 36-game QuickPick entry from Patterson Road Lotto, News & Post, 51 Patterson Road, Bentleigh.

Patterson Road Lotto, News & Post owner Melissa Pham and her husband Daniel Nguyen only took ownership of the outlet about two months ago and are thrilled to have already sold their first division one winning entry. 

“It’s so exciting!  We’re so happy to have sold our first division one winning entry.  It’s great to think that it’s helping people fulfil their dreams,” Melissa said. 

“Hopefully it’s the start of many more big wins for our customers. 

“Congratulations to our Oz Lotto winner!  I hope they enjoy their prize!” 

The winning numbers in Oz Lotto draw 1224 on Tuesday 1 August 2017 were 9, 16, 41, 13, 37, 43 and 3, while the supplementary numbers were 11 and 26. 

Last financial year, 18 Oz Lotto winning entries across the Lott’s jurisdictions won more than $182 million. 

The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 247 so far this calendar year, including 96 won by TattsLotto customers.