‘IT FEELS LIKE A DREAM’

$10M AL­BANY LOTTO WIN­NERS

Albany Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - John Dob­son and Saskia Adysti

A group of 22 Al­bany cof­fee-drink­ing “mates” have claimed the $10 mil­lion Oz Lotto jack­pot, each pock­et­ing $440,000.

A syn­di­cate of Al­bany cof­fee drinkers has claimed the $10 mil­lion Oz Lotto jack­pot.

Each of the 22 mem­bers walks away with $457,000, af­ter the syn­di­cate bought the win­ning ticket at Clark’s Newsagency on York Street for last Tues­day’s jack­pot.

The ticket was the only divi­sion one win­ner in the draw across Aus­tralia.

The group also col­lected a fur­ther $68,000 in other divi­sion wins in the draw, tak­ing the to­tal win­nings to $10,068,267.

The close mates formed the syn­di­cate four years ago at an Al­bany cof­fee spot.

“We were all strangers back then but have al­most be­come like a fam- ily now,” one mem­ber said. “We started a daily cof­fee club and meet most morn­ings to en­joy a cup of cof­fee to­gether and throw in $10 each for our weekly Lotto tick­ets.”

The syn­di­cate vis­ited Lot­tery­west late last week to claim the prize.

One mem­ber said they felt a mix of shock and dis­be­lief when they re­alised they had won the jack­pot.

“Some of us were lit­er­ally jump­ing in ex­cite­ment,” one mem­ber said. “It felt like a dream! “Ac­tu­ally, it still does.” Plans for the 22 win­ners in­clude early re­tire­ment, pay­ing off mort­gages and help­ing fam­ily.

“I can now put my daugh­ter through uni­ver­sity — it just makes life a whole lot eas­ier,” one mem­ber said.

The win is the sec­ond-equal largest lot­tery prize won in Western Aus­tralia so far this year.

The win co­in­cided with the launch of a Field of Light: Av­enue of Hon­our, to which Lot­tery­west had granted $300,000 to the City of Al­bany.

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