Five times we've caught winners in bed
Some have been midway through eating their lunch at work. Some have been in the middle of household chores. There’s even been one who was knee-deep in his fishpond. Aussie lottery players discover their winning news in all sorts of places.
But on more than one occasion, some very stunned winners have received the news of their windfall while they’re half in the land of nod! It often leads to a very different kind of pillow talk as we try to convince these winners they aren’t dreaming.
Check out some of our favourite winning wake-up calls below.
1. South Melbourne man awoken by $30 million Oz Lotto windfall
If there’s one thing that’s bound to make sure you wake up on the right side of the bed, it’s the news that you’re now a multi-millionaire.
A South Melbourne man was initially a little disgruntled when we disturbed his slumber but quickly had a change of disposition when we broke the news of his $30 million Oz Lotto win.
“I’m going to cry. Thank you so much,” he said.
“This is fantastic. My brain doesn’t work very well in the morning. Apologies if I was grumpy when I answered.
“I was asleep, but I’m awake now. This is so crazy.”
2. Penrith woman wakes up on cloud nine thanks to Set for Life win
There may be some correlation between the time of morning we call winners and how hard it is to convince them they’re not dreaming.
When we told a Penrith woman she’d won $20,000 a month for 20 years, she was pinching herself to make sure the news was real.
“Oh my god! Oh my god!” she yelled.
“Is this a dream?! I’ve just woken up and I’m still lying in bed!
“I’ve always told my family, ‘If I ever win division one in Set for Life, I’ll frame the winning ticket on the wall!’. I guess I’ll do that now!
“Thank you for the best phone call to wake up to!”
3. Tootgarook great grandfather tumbles out of bed with $1.4 million win
Ok, it’s confirmed. Winners who are just waking up are most likely to be in a state of disbelief, as demonstrated by a shocked but happy TattsLotto winner from Tootgarook.
“This isn’t a hoax, right?!” he laughed.
“When you called this morning, I was still in bed, but now I’m on the floor!
“There will be a lot of family members to call this morning – children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren!
“I’ll start my celebrations by first getting up off the floor.”
4. Emotional Trafalgar woman in disbelief after $800,000 win
Forget the morning cup of coffee. For a Trafalgar woman the news of a lottery win was the ultimate way to perk up.
“Gosh, I’m still in bed. I am half asleep!” she said.
“You’re not some telemarketer, are you?
“Oh my god! Are you serious? Eight hundred thousand dollars!”
We had to convince her the news was absolutely real, but she could definitely start dreaming about how to use her surprise windfall!
5. Emerald man wakes partner with $1.7 million surprise
It’s not always us that catches a winner in bed. Sometimes they’re the own instigator of their disrupted sleep — and the disrupted sleep of their loved ones!
This was certainly the case for an Emerald man who discovered his TattsLotto division one win in the early hours of the morning.
“I couldn’t believe it. I scanned it on my phone at 4am and it came up with the prize amount,” he said.
“At first, I thought it was $17 but then I saw the extra digits. I woke up my partner and asked her, ‘Can you check this?’.
“She just started saying, ‘Holy s***! Holy s***!’. She would’ve been confused about why I’m waking her up at 4am, but she wasn’t offended after I told her that we’d won $1.7 million!”
You just never know when or where some winning news could find you!
If you don’t mind the idea of being woken up with the news of a major prize win, make sure to register your entries to your players card or online account. Not only does this keep your entry secure, it means we can contact you directly with the life-changing news — whether you’re in bed or not.
Maybe we’ll be calling you soon!