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Lucky Bloke Wins $46 Million After Accidentally Buying Two Lotto Tickets

A particularly lucky man from Melbourne is almost $50 million richer after accidentally purchasing two winning Oz Lotto tickets.

Three entries shared in Tuesday night's $70 million Oz Lotto, but a man from St Albans accidentally purchased two tickets, using the same numbers he'd played for thirty years.

"I play every week," he said.

"I have always marked my entries but I have never chosen the numbers on anything in particular. They weren't special before, but they are now."

Each of the three tickets are worth $23,333,333.34, meaning the man won a little over $46.6 million.

"I'm speechless. I can't believe it," he said, upon learning about his win.

"I just finished work for the night."

After his win, he said he "might think about retiring" from his blue-collar job, first looking at "a new home or a holiday". Sharing his winnings with his family is a definite.

Meanwhile, the second winner of the third ticket has yet to claim their prize. The entry was purchased in Hobart, Tasmania, but as it was unregistered, Lotto officials have no way of contacting the winner. Hobart residents and visitors are being urged to check their tickets as soon as possible.

While most of us could only dreaming of becoming millions richer overnight, it's not always the ticket to a happier, richer life. A raft of studies have found links between winning the lotto and becoming less happy, less healthy, and more likely to declare bankruptcy.

The trick, apparently, is to be Swedish, who were found to have increased happiness and life satisfaction after winning the lottery even when others did not.

Contact the author: abrucesmith@networkten.com.au