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Australian man hung up on lottery winning call

By
Daniel Uria
An Australian man slammed his phone down because he was shocked by a call from the local lottery office letting him know he had won $16.6 million as part of joint jackpot.
 Photo by Foto-Ruhrgebiet
An Australian man slammed his phone down because he was shocked by a call from the local lottery office letting him know he had won $16.6 million as part of joint jackpot. Photo by Foto-Ruhrgebiet

July 19 (UPI) -- A man in Australia nearly missed out on a multi-million dollar lottery prize after hanging up on an official that called to inform him of his win.

Oz Lottery officials called the unidentified man from Manly to inform he was one of three winners in a joint $50 million jackpot, prompting him to slam his phone down after being shocked by the news.

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"Are you serious!?! You are kidding me! I can't believe it," he told Oz Lotto after regaining his composure. "You have made my whole life! How amazing is this?"

The lottery officials persisted and continued to call the man after his reaction to the initial call, which he said prompted him to check his ticket.

"When you rang before I thought it was a bit strange," he said. "But then I went and grabbed my ticket, then I checked my ticket and saw the numbers."

While the man's abrupt reaction indicated he may have been blindsided by the news of the $16.6 million, he said he had a feeling he might have been a winner.

"Earlier today I thought I'd love to win," he said. "I was just thinking in my head driving along and lo and behold, I won. I can't believe it."

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He said he planned to invest the winnings and "have a happy life."

The other two winners were a Western Australian man and a woman from Queensland who also had an extreme reaction, as she screamed "for several minutes" upon hearing the news.

"Oh my god! You've stopped my heart! I need my heart fixed!" she yelled. "I can't wait to call my husband and tell him!"

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