A Braybrook man is thanking a last-minute change to his regular lottery numbers for scoring him a TattsLotto prize worth more than $902,000 in the weekend’s draw. 

The happy man held one of the six division one winning entries nationally in TattsLotto draw 4077, drawn Saturday 17 August 2020. Each entry took home a division prize of $847,199.23. 

As well as winning the coveted division one prize, the thrilled player’s marked System 12 entry also scored him division three 36 times and division four 225 times, bolstering his total win to $902,047.03. 

Sharing his excitement with us this morning, the overjoyed winner recounted how he discovered the life-changing news. 

“It’s very good news! I finally won it!” he laughed. 

“Me and my wife checked my ticket on Saturday night. We were just watching the footy and we looked up the winning numbers on the results section of the website. 

“We were looking at each of the coloured circles and comparing them with our numbers, and each time we got one, we kept saying ‘No way! No way!’. 

“We stopped at the fourth number and I said to my wife ‘imagine if we got all of them’, and so we kept checking and we had all six. It was fantastic! 

“We had a lovely night after that. We celebrated with our kids!” 

The regular player revealed that a last-minute number change resulted in his winning entry. 

“I play every week, and I’ve been playing these numbers for a while,” he explained. 

“Some of the numbers are special to us, but I change them occasionally. 

“I usually have the number one in there, which is a family member’s birthday, but I swapped it instead for number 16. 

“That’s the number that came out first! 

“I’m sure the family member has no hard feelings their birthday missed out because it means we won division one!” 

When asked how he planned to enjoy his windfall, the thrilled winner said it would go straight to paying off his home loan. 

“It’s already been spent! It will all go straight to paying off the mortgage,” he laughed. 

“That will take the pressure off and means once lockdown is over, we can do something nice for ourselves too. 

“Apart from that, nothing will change. I was in the middle of gardening when you called, and I’ll just go straight back to doing that this afternoon.” 

The thrilled winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his marked System 12 entry online at thelott.com – Australia’s official lotteries.