An Australian father said he was pretty sure he’d quit his job after winning the $96 million prize on Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot, according to the Australian lottery website The Lott.
The Sydney man, who wishes to remain anonymous, is the second-biggest individual lottery winner in Australian history, according to The Lott. He was told about his winnings while he was at work.
“You’re s*****g me!” he yelled after a moment of silence. “I can only say holy s**t … I’m shaking. I’m just waiting for someone to tell me I’m being punked.”
The dad told The Lott he couldn’t wait to call his wife and tell her the news.
“I don’t think she’ll believe me,” he said. “I’m a bit of a prankster so she’ll probably think I’m pulling a fast one.”
Knowing that the winnings would change his life, the man told The Lott he would first look after his children and “make sure they are set up for the future.”
“Then I am going to find the most outrageous holiday I can think of to take myself on,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to travel so maybe I’ll work my way around the world.”
The man said it’s unlikely that he’d finish the day at work after getting the news.
“My endless lunch break starts now!” he said.
The current record in Australia for the largest lottery win was set in January when a Sydney woman won the $107.5 million Powerball prize, The Lott said.
For the last Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot, we have to go back 959 days, when a young woman from Rydalmere took home $7.48 million on Jan. 10, 2019, according to 9 News.
She revealed some plans to spend her new fortune on. One is to go on a cruise and another was to treat herself a Chanel handbag, the agency reported.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) August 27, 2019
NTD News reporter Lorenz Duchamps contributed to this report.