One Week, Two Tickets, Two Wins – Is This Australian The Luckiest Lottery Player Around?

Last month we heard about the homeless lottery player who won big, but while it’s certainly possible to win the lottery, most clear-headed lotto lovers would pinch themselves if they found themselves thinking about winning more than once and becoming the luckiest lottery player of all.

Well, that’s what one extraordinarily lucky man from Australia did the other week, winning AUS$1,020,487 (€650,193) on Monday, then another AUS$1,428,571 (€910,432) the following Saturday, with tickets from the very same newsagent. Adding to these a string of smaller wins numbering in the low thousands, the Bondi resident won some $1,457,834 (€929,081) – all in all, not a bad week’s earnings!

Totally stoked

The man, in his 40s, was one of 14 New South Wales Lottery winners who shared an AUS$20 million jackpot. Understandably excited, he told officials: “I’m quite stoked. Twice in a week! I just thought, this is too good to be true. Twice in a few days. 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.” Referring to his phone call with lottery organisers earlier in the week – probably another lotto first – he explained: “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.”

Amazing odds at play

There’s no doubting the man’s logic, and he intends to win again too, telling organisers: “I don’t play all the time, but I think I’ll keep playing. You never know, you could be calling me again.”

Asked what the odds were of the twice-weekly win, lotto organisers were stumped: “We have had people win twice in their lifetime, but not twice in a week. It is very unusual and unique.” The chances of winning just once in a lifetime are one in 1.845 million, but with so many variables in play, they simply couldn’t give a firm answer – we wager it could be in the hundreds of trillions!

Think you’ve got what it takes to match the lucky Australian’s winning streak? Visit our lottery jackpots page or check out 5 Things We Learned About Lotto in 2017.