FIFO worker left for a six-week stint on an oil ship not realising that a million-dollar lottery ticket was in his glovebox – and why he changed his initial idea of spending it on ‘strippers and coke’
- A fly-in-fly-out worker headed off to an oil ship with no idea he was a millionaire
- Matt Norton, 34, bought the winning ticket but left it in the glovebox of his 4WD
- After returning home he discovered he had won $1,089,093 in prize money
A fly-in-fly-out worker left for a six-week stint on an oil ship without realising he had a million-dollar lottery ticket sitting in the glovebox of his Toyota Prado.
He had purchased the winning ticket a few days earlier and forgot to check the December 21 draw.
‘I just didn’t think about it. I flew to work as I normally did,’ Mr Norton told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I kept seeing that a person from my neighbourhood had won and I joked about it but you never think it’s you.’
Matt Norton, 34, is pictured with his mother after winning over a million dollar in the lottery
When he returned home, the ticket was still far from his thoughts.
Mr Norton was in a frantic rush to attend a course for work but missed the opening part of the seminar.
‘I decided to run some errands instead and that’s when I checked the ticket on the scanner,’ he said.
‘It said winner but it didn’t show the amount so I asked the bloke at the shop if it was broken and he said “no mate you’re the million dollar winner.”‘
The ticket with all six winning numbers was worth $1,089,093.
Mr Norton said seeing the numbers on the screen was surreal and gave him an adrenaline rush like nothing he’s ever experienced.
Mr Norton’s only major purchase was a peaceful 10-acres property near Perth, where he spends his evenings looking up at the stars feeling grateful (stock image)
Mr Norton (pictured) left for a six-week stint on an oil ship last year without realising he had a million-dollar lottery ticket sitting in the glovebox of his Toyota Prado
‘I didn’t believe it until the money hit my bank that night. But it’s when you ring your bank and ask them to transfer over $500,000 for a house that it really sinks in,’ he said.
Although many lottery winners often go on to squander their prize money, Mr Norton was determined to make sure that didn’t happen to him.
He’s secured his money with the help of financial planners and still works offshore as a technician.
‘I didn’t want to be the guy who blew all the money because that could easily have been me,’ Mr Norton said.
‘Before that I was FIFO – I always had money and was living the dream.
‘I didn’t believe it until the money hit my bank that night. But it’s when you ring your bank and ask them to transfer over $500,000 for a house that it really sinks in,’ Mr Norton said (pictured with nephew)
‘I was the poster boy of p**sing money up against the wall. I thought about going on holidays and strippers and coke and all that kind of stuff… but I didn’t do that.
‘Even my parents were surprised.’
Mr Norton’s only major purchase was a peaceful 10-acre property near Perth, where he spends his evenings looking up at the stars feeling grateful.
‘There’s lots of grass, a lot of room to ride bikes with my nephews, to kick the footy and have horses and cows,’ he said.
Mr Norton said he still buys a weekly lottery ticket.