Two residents of Western Australia found themselves instant millionaires after hitting the jackpot in Saturday's Lotto draw. All in all, four players across the country won over $1 million through a division 1 prize.
One story that caught the eye of the media was the win by an unemployed FIFO worker who took home $1,008,278 from Saturday's draw. The man from Perth's southern suburb of Mandurah, was down on his luck and decided to buy a lotto ticket after losing his job.
Incredibly, the player's lucky ticket, purchased at Media Lottery Center and News in Cannington, was one of four $1 million prizes on the weekend.
FIFO Worker Luck Turns
According to the Perth man, he was a former FIFO worker who had recently lost his job. He told LotteryWest that as a result, he and his wife were struggling to pay off their debts, and the lottery win could not have come at a better time.
The man said that he would be using his windfall to learn a different trade, with the objective being to work less hours and spend more hours with his "beautiful" wife.
The winner said that he was at first unsure about how much he had won. "We initially thought the million dollar prize was shared between four winners and then panic started to set in when my friend told me all four winners had won $1 million each," he said. "It was a great outcome. I've worked my whole life and karma has certainly come back around for us."
WA Family Wins $40m
Last month, the second largest lotto win in Western Australian history was recorded when a Harvey family hit the jackpot on $40 million in the Oz Lotto draw.
This was another case of a family battling financial problems, who had been working around the clock to make ends meet.
"We've been working 15 hour days, seven days a week for 10 years," said the father of the family after learning about their win. "We haven't been able to afford a house or a car and every time we have gone to the bank for a loan, it's been declined."