Oz Lotto: Two Queensland entries share $80m jackpot

IT'S back to work for the people of Southern NSW tomorrow after two Queensland tickets shared tonight's $80 million jackpot.

The massive prize has been won for the first time in eight weeks and an estimated one-in-four Australians had bought an entry.

When an official from the Lott phoned the winner on Tuesday, the call was answered after only two rings.

"I think I know what you're calling about," the man admitted when he answered the phone.

"It's just fantastic! That's very exciting. I was watching YouTube and thought I should check my entry. I couldn't believe it. I just couldn't believe it.

"I'm shocked to be honest. But extremely excited and grateful."

The regular player shared he was completely overwhelmed by the life-changing news.

"It's just crazy. I'm just super grateful. It's really nice to receive this call," he said.

"It's going to change my life a fair bit. I'll think about it for a day or so, but the first thing I want to do is get a little house and upgrade the car. Probably do something like that - I might even buy a big house! I don't know how much sleep I will get tonight! I'm just so shocked to be honest. I'm probably like most people who get this call. I'm thinking 'what the hell!'."

Despite being overwhelmed by the multi-million-dollar news, the thrilled winner admitted he planned to use the windfall to realise a long-held dream.

"I've always wanted to go to the Italian Grand Prix!" he confessed.

"It's in September and by the looks of things I'll be able to do that now. I'll definitely be able to do that in style!"

As well as realising his dream of attending the Grand Prix, the winner also revealed the windfall would allow him to follow another long-held passion.

"I'll keep working but I think I'll have a change of career and do something I am passionate about."

WINNING NUMBERS:

  • 42, 35, 29, 19, 36, 14, 25. Supplementary numbers: 13, 1

Lotto spokesperson Bronwyn Spencer said earlier today that with $80 million on offer, Australians could experience a flashback to 2012.

"The last time Oz Lotto sky-rocketed this high Australians were dancing to Psy's Gangnam Style and listening to Carly Rae Jespen's Call Me Maybe," she said.

"It was a big year for sport after Team Australia earned 35 medals at the London Olympics, Sydney Swans were crowned the champions in the AFL grand final and the Melbourne Storm took home the title in the NRL grand final.

"Kim Kardashian and Kanye West started dating as Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes called it quits and Prince William and Kate Middleton announced they were expecting their first child.

"Back on home soil, 2012 saw Oz Lotto climb to a record-breaking $100 million - the last time the game offered a jackpot above $70 million."