TWO pensioners from Port Kennedy who used their last $11 in change to purchase a Monday Lotto ticket are WA’s newest millionaires.
The self-described battlers are both in their 60s and purchased the ticket on a whim after the wife dreamt she had won Lotto.
“When you’re living pension-to-pension it isn’t easy,” the wife said.
“I was surprised my hubby let me use our last bit of change to buy the ticket but it was a Double Win Day.”
The couple are now set to pocket $1 million.
The wife said she first realised she had taken out the nation’s only Division 1 win for Monday night after checking the numbers as they were drawn.
“I didn’t know what to do,” she said.
“I wanted to tell my husband straight away but I was scared the shock of it would give him a heart attack,” she added.
The wife said she originally told her husband they had won a couple thousand dollars, later returning to the lounge room to tell him they were millionaires.
“I told her not to be stupid,” the husband said.
“When I rechecked the numbers I immediately realised we could afford our next mortgage payment,” he added.
The couple purchased their ticket from St Clair Pharmacy and News marking the second Division 1 winning ticket sold in the City of Rockingham in less than 48 hours after Rockingham Central Lottery Centre sold a still unclaimed $1.3 million Saturday Lotto Superdraw ticket.
Owner of St Clair Pharmacy and News George Salib said he was delighted to learn the couple were locals and so deserving of the windfall.
“They were trying to sell their house as they could no longer afford the mortgage repayments,” he said.
“It couldn’t have gone to a more deserving couple.”
For every dollar spent on Lotto games, more than a third is returned to benefit the community.
In Rockingham alone, almost three quarters of a million dollars has been returned to the community this financial year through Lotterywest grants.