The odds of winning just once are one in almost two million.
TALK ABOUT LUCKY. A stunned Sydney man who was celebrating an Australian lottery windfall could not believe it when he won again less than a week later.
The unidentified man, in his 40s and from the suburb of Bondi, picked up Aus$1,020,487 (€643,417) on Monday last week and then scooped another Aus$1,457,834 (€919,164) on Saturday.
“I just thought this is too good to be true,” he told NSW Lotteries after being informed of his good fortune.
Asked what he would do with the cash, he said: “I’m not going to be stupid with it.”
He plans to invest in some Sydney real estate, buy a new car and “a holiday to Honolulu goes without saying”.
Lottery organisers could not estimate the likelihood of winning twice in a week, but the odds of winning once are one in 1.845 million.
“We don’t know of anyone else who has won twice in a week,” NSW Lotteries spokesman Matt Hart told AFP.
Lotteries are hugely popular in Australia, with various government-owned and private-sector operators.
The biggest recent winner was a man from Victoria state who woke up Aus$55 million (almost €35 million) richer in January.