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Sydney airport worker scoops $1.2m lottery jackpot, after having hours cut

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A Sydney airport worker who had his hours cut by the coronavirus pandemic has won $1.2million on the lottery.

A Sydney airport worker who had his hours cut by the coronavirus pandemic has won $1.2million on the lottery.

The man, from Bexley in Sydney's south, was taken by surprise when he was contacted by Lottery officials with the life-changing news.

"I had no idea. I hadn't checked my ticket yet. I play every week, and I never thought I'd win that much. The most I've ever won is $1000," he said.

"I work at the airport, and since COVID-19 I've only been able to work one or two days a week, which has been hard."

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He told the officials since having his hours cut back, he's been struggling to pay his mortgage.

"I'll be able to pay off the mortgage and not have to stress about work while I wait for things to get back to normal," he said.

"It's so good, Such a relief."

The winner was one of five people who shared the jackpot on Saturday, each winning $1,292,740.18.

The Qantas arrivals area at Sydney domestic airport.

He bought his ticket at his local shop, Bexley newsagency.

Bexley Newsagency owner Mohammad Rafiqul Islam said he was excited to sell a winning ticket.

"This is the first time we've sold a division one winning entry since we took over the store in June 2019," he said.

"We've decorated the store with balloons and posters, and we've been telling all of our customers. They are definitely very happy for us."

Last financial year, Saturday Lotto created 127 millionaires across Australia.

The winning numbers for Saturday, October 10, 2020 were 34, 12, 37, 24, 5, and 26 while the supplementary numbers were 3 and 2.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/lottery-winner-australian-sydney-airport-worker-wins-bexley-coronavirus/c42e749e-9232-44f2-b9d9-30c3078b768d

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