A Sydney man will be able to keep his business afloat after a “miracle” lotto win saw him pocket more than $1 million.
The 50-year-old business owner, who said was is on the brink of losing his life’s work, is among thousands struggling amid Sydney’s ongoing COVID lockdown.
“I have been in business for almost 30-years but due to the devastating impact of COVID-19, I was about to go under,” the player told lotto officials following his win.
“I feel like this win is an absolute miracle that has saved my life, and I won’t let this opportunity go to waste.
“I will put this money towards paying off debts and saving my business.”
The winner, who took part in The Lottery Office’s USA Power Lotto via The Lottery Office app, took home a division two prize.
But after accidentally selecting a multiplier game for an extra $3.45, his win was doubled.
The Sydney man took home $1.6 million.
The Lottery Office CEO Jaclyn Wood said the emotional player struggled to sleep after learning of his win.
“The player said the recent lockdowns had been a massive blow to his hospitality businesses and he had suffered numerous sleepless nights figuring out how he could continue to support his family and staff,” she said.
‘I feel like this win is an absolute miracle that has saved my life.’
“He emailed us straight after the app notified him of the win, he knew he had won a big prize, but he wasn’t ready to believe it.
“When I called him this morning, he was in tears from the moment I confirmed how much he had won.”
Wood added the Sydney man had only downloaded the app at the end of last year.