An Emerald man woke up his wife in a frenzy during the early hours of the morning to reveal their newly minted millionaire status after scoring $1.7 million in the weekend’s TattsLotto draw.

The Greater Melbourne resident held one of the three division one winning entries in TattsLotto draw 4361, drawn Saturday 6 May 2023 and took home a total prize of $1,746,848.08.

The winning entry was unregistered which meant we had no way of contacting the ticketholder to confirm the winning news and had to wait for them to come forward and claim their prize.

Confirming his newfound fortune with us this morning, the regular player admitted he was overwhelmed by the winning news.

“I’m more in shock than anything – quite overwhelmed!” he laughed.

“I couldn’t believe it. I scanned it on my phone at 4am and it came up with the prize amount.

“At first, I thought it was $17 but then I saw the extra digits. I woke up my partner and asked her, ‘Can you check this?’.

“She just started saying, ‘Holy s***! Holy s***!’. She would’ve been confused about why I’m waking her up at 4am, but she wasn’t offended after I told her that we’d won $1.7 million!

“I started playing my own lottery numbers four years ago. I said to myself, I can never not play my own numbers because if they came up, I’d be spewing!

“We’ve told a few people that are close to us, but keeping it a secret.

“Who knows, we might celebrate soon!”

With $1.7 million about to hit his bank account, the Victorian shared it was time for him to pay off his mortgage outright, buy a new car and complete some house maintenance work.

“First thing we will do is pay off the house mortgage, which is awesome,” he said.

“Then, I’ll look to buy a brand-new car.

“We’ve wanted to complete some maintenance around the house, so we can finally do that too!”

His winning entry was purchased at Emerald Newsagency, 4 Kilvington Drive, Emerald.

Emerald Newsagency owner Carl Mardinian said he was thrilled to celebrate the seventh division one winning entry at his outlet.

“We’ve very excited for our division one winner and it’s great news for the Emerald community,” he said.

“We’ve very proud of this achievement, and it marks our seventh division one winning entry for Emerald Newsagency.

“We thank the winner for his continuous support of our newsagency and wish the winner all the best with their prize!”