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Australian man credits trip to the dentist with lottery win

An Australian man who bought a lottery ticket to cheer himself up after having a tooth pulled said the tooth turned out to be a lucky charm when he scored a jackpot worth more than $650,000. Photo by Robert Lessmann/Shutterstock
An Australian man who bought a lottery ticket to cheer himself up after having a tooth pulled said the tooth turned out to be a lucky charm when he scored a jackpot worth more than $650,000. Photo by Robert Lessmann/Shutterstock

May 21 (UPI) -- An Australian man said a trip to the dentist to get a tooth pulled went from painful to lucky when he scored a lottery jackpot worth more than $650,000.

The Keparra, Queensland, man told The Lott that he had a tooth pulled Monday, and the experience left him feeling the need to cheer up.

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"I was so upset about it so I decided to keep the tooth in a little pouch for good luck," the man said. "So I made sure I bought a lottery ticket after my trip to the dentist with my new lucky charm to cheer myself up."

The lucky charm lived up to the man's expectations when he turned out to be the only Division One winner in the Monday night Gold Lotto drawing.

The winner collected a prize of $657,200.

The man said the jackpot will take away his financial-related stress.

"I'm a simple man. I don't need to much," he said. "I'll keep working and I will pay off my house so I have the security of never having to worry about a mortgage repayment. And then I will help out my family."

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