WINNING STREAK: Lotto winner plans early retirement
A CAIRNS man who has played Lotto for years is now planning an early retirement after finally hitting the jackpot.
The Far North Queenslander held one of nine successful division-one entries in Saturday Gold Lotto, with each winner picking up a cool $446,898.09, after he purchased his entry at Edmonton.
The win continues the Far North's lucky streak when it comes to lotteries. It comes just two weeks after a Cairns woman celebrated a division-one Saturday Gold Lotto win.
The most recent winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he routinely checked the results after each Saturday draw and was shocked at what he saw this time.
"I double-checked my entry on the app and I couldn't believe it," he said.
"I've played for years always hoping one day I would win and on Saturday that happened."
The man said he now intended to retire about five years earlier than he had planned.
"I'm going to have a fantastic retirement, it's a great feeling," he said.
Edmonton LPO owner Ersilia Phipps said it was the first time the outlet had sold a division-one winning entry.
"I was filled with so much joy and excitement when I discovered we'd sold this life-changing prize," she said.
"It doesn't get much better than knowing you've helped make someone's dreams come true."
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