Forty years of playing the same numbers has made a Lismore man’s dreams come true, after winning $1 million in last week’s Monday & Wednesday Lotto draw.

The New South Wales man held the only division one winning entry nationally in Monday & Wednesday Lotto draw 3837, drawn Wednesday 23 January 2019. He takes home the guaranteed division one prize of $1 million.

His entry also won division three twice and division five once, ramping up his total prize to $1,000,538.05.

When speaking with us this morning, the winner recounted how he discovered the life-changing news.

“I went into Byron Bay on the weekend to check my tickets. I always use the self-scanner to check my tickets and the monitor told me to go to the counter,” he explained.

“As I was walking to the counter I remembered hearing that someone who purchased a ticket from Goonellabah Newsagency in Lismore had won $1 million.

“Then I thought to myself, ‘I purchased this ticket there could it be me?’

“Then the penny started to drop.

“As soon as I saw the winning numbers on the results print out I knew it was me. I couldn’t believe it!”

The man revealed decades of playing Monday & Wednesday Lotto consistently had made his dreams come true.

“I’ve been playing the same numbers for 40 years, always hoping they’d come up,” he shared.

“In a way, I did think I would have to win eventually.

“I always play my favourite numbers, not based on anything in particular.

The ecstatic winner revealed his windfall had come at just the right time.

“I’m a few years away from retirement so I’m going to keep it as a nice little nest egg for the next few years,” he said.

The million-dollar winning Monday & Wednesday Lotto ticket was purchased at Goonellabah Newsagency, Shop 3, Goonellabah Village Shopping Centre, 1 Simeoni Drive, Goonellabah.

Goonellabah Newsagency owner Peter Witten said he was thrilled that their winner had come forward to claim his prize.

“That’s so exciting and such great news for us!” he exclaimed.

“It hasn’t been very long since we sold the last division one winning entry, so I believe we’re on a pretty great strike rate.

“We wish our winner all the best!”