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Father left unemployed by COVID-19 revealed as $5.8 million mystery lotto winner

He checked his ticket after seeing there was a missing winner and was told the unbelievable news that he was now a millionaire

Many have had to confront the sad truth of losing their current positions at work because of the current pandemic struggle.

A security guard who lost his job due to COVID-19, father to three-year-old daughter, claimed the lucky winner prize of $5.8 million in the Oz Lotto Draw.

The unemployed security guard aged in his late 20s was buying groceries for his daughter when he spotted the Lotterywest sign and decided to try his luck by buying a ticket for Tuesday night's draw. 

He only checked his ticket after seeing there was a missing winner from Canning Vale on the news and was redirected by the retailer to Lotterywest HQ, where he was informed that he just won $5.8 million.

"I just want to go home and hug my daughter. I always say that life could be a dream, and this certainly feels like one. I'm always reading the news about Lotto winners and never thought it could be me," the winner told Lotterywest officials.

He imparted the uplifting news to his brother first, he said “I really look up to him and he’s been struggling to find the finances to buy a house but I’m going to buy him a whole house now.”

Moreover, the lucky champ wants to use his winnings to help his family and get back to finishing his degree. “I’m also going to go back to school and finish my commerce degree and learn how to manage my money. My mum will be getting a new car and I’ll buy myself a house and also set up my kids”.

Lotterywest spokeswoman Hermione Coleman said interviewing winners and hearing their stories was a highlight of her job.

'Another highlight is knowing that all profit raised from Lotterywest tickets goes into the COVID-19 Relief Fund, which is helping the WA community at a time when so many people are doing it tough,' she added.

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