YET another grey nomad has come up trumps on the lotto ... scooping
nearly half a million dollars.
The man joins a lucky band of travelling caravanners who have struck it
rich with a lotto flutter while zig-zagging their way around Australia.
"There's no doubt about it, they are a lucky bunch," a Lotterywest
spokeswoman told Caravanning News.
The identity of the latest winner is being kept secret but it is known he
comes from New South Wales.
The thrilled traveller held one of nine division-one winning entries
across Australia to pocket $444,985.88.
In addition, he also
won six division-three dividends and four division-six dividends,
bolstering his total prize to $452,426.88.
"Wow ... that's a lot of money," he exclaimed when told of his windfall.
"I'm actually up in Darwin at the moment on holidays. I'm heading home to
New South Wales via South Australia and across Victoria.
help me extend my trip a bit'
"I'm on a bit of a road trip, so this might help me to extend my trip a
The caravanner said he had not thought too much about what he would do
with the money.
"Itís certainly giving me a bit of a buzz," he said.
The winner also revealed he was prompted to check his ticket after picking
up the local paper.
"I went to the newsagency to pick up the local paper and saw the
TattsLotto results," he explained.
"I thought 'hang on, there is something strange about those numbers'. A
couple looked familiar because I mark my numbers when I play.
"They aren't really any special numbers but I'm sure they will be my lucky
When asked how he planned to celebrate, the
winner revealed he had a few ideas.
"I think I might grab a few beers and go from there,"
The winning entry was bought at Parap Newsagency
in Parap Road, Parap.
Previous lotto winners have included a couple of grey nomads from the Gold
Coast who collected a cool $10 million a year ago.
And a few months later they landed another $150,000 with a $10 Instant
Scratch-Its ticket bought at Top News in Katherine in the Northern
The unnamed winners learned of their second win while on a round-Australia
adventure in their brand new caravan, bought from their first windfall.
"We have never considered ourselves to be lucky. Now we are wondering if
these things come in threes and whether we'll have another win before the
end of the year," they said.
Last year, a NSW grey nomad was "ecstatic" with her $985,744.11 lotto win.
She bought her winning 12-game QuickPick at Proserpine in Queensland and
realised she had won while ticking off the numbers in her caravan at a
nearby caravan park.
She described her good fortune as an "amazing addition" to her ongoing big
trip around Australia, which had seen her already clock up tens of
thousands of kilometres.