A BALDIVIS man, who was recently made redundant, has claimed Western Australia’s second $2 million Division One prize from last month’s $20 million Saturday Lotto Superdraw, on behalf of a 40 member syndicate.
The syndicate, which started as a few work mates pulling together loose change, quickly snowballed into a larger state-wide affair.
Spanning across Western Australia from Baldivis to Geraldton, each member will pocket $50,000.
“We started with $10 here and there but I wanted more people on board,” the Baldivis man said.
“Only a few mates from work were keen, so I put a call out online.
“Everyone wanted in and we’ve been going strong for about three years now.”
The man learnt their ticket was a winner through a phone call from his best mate.
“I’d just knocked off from work and my mate kept saying check the numbers, check the numbers,” he said.
“I did a little happy dance when I checked them for myself but didn’t want to be too loud.
“I couldn’t sleep at all that night and my phone was ringing off the hook the next day from the other syndicate members.”
Buying a new house, flying family from overseas and wiping debt were just some of the spending plans for the winners.
“I even had one lady tell me her family no longer had to live off rice and tomato sauce,” he said.
“It’s a nice feeling to be able to help others, even though I started this thing all for me.”
The winning ticket was purchased from The Lucky Charm Baldivis.