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Penang businessman strikes largest jackpot of US$16.6 million in Malaysian history

Winner had breakfast and started work the following day after the announcement before thinking to check his tickets

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 September, 2017, 3:30pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 September, 2017, 3:31pm

A Malaysian businessman hit the largest ever jackpot in the nation’s history, by taking home RM69.6 million (US$16.6 million).

The lucky punter won the top prize at the Grand Toto 6/63 jackpot in the Sept 13 draw.

The 40-year-old winner, who came to collect his winnings two days later, revealed that he only spent RM50 (US$12) for 25 sets of Lucky Pick numbers for only one draw to win the jackpot.

“I began playing Sports Toto games four years ago, but I only bet on my car plate numbers and I had not won anything.

“On Wednesday evening, I was stuck in a traffic jam while I was on my way to dinner. So when I decided to take a detour, I spotted a Sports Toto outlet and thought should try my luck, since all my friends were talking about the largest Toto jackpot.

“It was my first time playing the Lotto game, and brought a RM50 Lucky Pick on Grand Toto 6/63,” he said.

He did not check the result immediately on that night of the draw and the following day his friends told him that a punter from Penang had hit the jackpot.

“I didn’t take heed of my friend’s alert and continued my daily tasks. I went for my breakfast and started working at home.

“Suddenly the jackpot alert crossed my mind and I began going through the tickets. When I saw a ticket matching the last two numbers of the result, which were 52 and 53, I was pretty sure that I’d won.

“So I told my younger brother to check the rest of the numbers for me and I was right! I had struck the jackpot!

“We were so excited that we could not stop screaming and began running around the house,” he said.

Being RM69,637,527.25 richer now, the winner said he would donate a portion of the winnings to charitable organisations, pay off loans as well as invest in properties.

The previous largest Toto jackpot, which was the RM57 million (US$13.6 million) Supreme Toto 6/58 jackpot, was won in 2012.

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