A Matraville couple are attributing their life-enhancing $279,032 Lotto Strike windfall to their nephew after he recommended the game to them earlier this year. 

The Eastern Sydney residents held the only division one winning entry in Lotto Strike draw 5044, drawn Monday 8 November 2021, and takes home the entire division one prize of $279,032.95. 

When we reached out to the pair this morning, they relayed how their windfall came about. 

“It’s absolutely wonderful! We’re very surprised to say the least,” the winning woman shared. 

“In April, we spoke to our nephew who runs a newsagency, and he mentioned that the Lotto Strike odds are better. We’d never played lottery games in our entire life! 

“Ever since, I’ve been purchasing entries into the game. The most we’ve won is $270! I thought I’d keep giving it a chance. I’ve always said, you’ve got to be in it for your chance to win it. 

“This morning, we woke up and were ready to start work. I said to my husband, ‘I better have a look at our lottery entry’. At first, I saw we won $11, but then I saw $279,032! 

“I thought I wasn’t seeing things properly. I had to look twice. We’ve never won anything major in our life! 

“I rang my sister straight away and told her that he can have any drink he likes. We’re absolutely over the moon.” 

When asked how they planned to enjoy their windfall, the dynamic duo knew exactly what they were going to do. 

“It’s going straight to paying off our mortgage! It will be a big help,” she shared. 

“Funny thing! Our son thinks we’re going to buy him a new car. We’d like to help our children out as well.” 

Their winning 1-game Quickpick entry was purchased online at thelott.com – the official home of Australia’s lotteries.