PETALING JAYA: A retiree from Sarawak became RM17.7mil richer overnight after winning the Toto 4D Jackpot 1 by combining his age and a car plate number he came across.
The 68-year-old said he regularly bet on jackpot games because of the attractive winning prizes.
“I normally spend RM100 on every draw day and I had always bet 5168, which is my birth year and age.
“This time, I decided to pair it with 7189, a car number plate which I spot every time I go to the market.
“I do not know the owner but I guess it was my luck after seeing the car so many times,” he said.
After finding out about his winning from the newspaper a day after the draw on July 10, the retiree said he quickly told his son to buy air tickets and they flew together to Kuala Lumpur and collected the money at the Sports Toto head office.
He said he would use the windfall to pay off his debts, share some with his family members and invest in real estate.
The retiree took home RM17,728,182.65 from the total Jackpot 1 of RM17,804,106.30.
The remaining RM75,923.65 was won by a punter from Pahang with an i-System ticket.