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Retired teacher, 72, wins RM37 million jackpot after 30 years of trying

KUALA LUMPUR: After playing Sports Toto games for almost 30 years, an elderly Sabahan man struck the jackpot (literally) when he won a whopping RM37 million recently.

The 72-year-old, who is a retired teacher, struck big in the Power Toto 6/55 Jackpot in the Sports Toto special draw on October 4.

He said he had been playing Sports Toto games for almost 30 years since he was still a young teacher. This, however, isn’t his first time striking big.

“I won RM37,000 when I was young. I must be blessed that God has gifted me RM37 million in my old age,” he said. His winning combination – 18, 20, 33, 51, 52 & 53 – was derived from his mobile phone number.

“When I am free, I love to play with numbers and that was how I came up with the set of winning numbers. “My other winning tip is that I bet in every draw. I would never miss a draw as I learned from my past experience,” he said.

The System 8 ticket he bought not only bagged him a whopping RM37,181,388.25 but also an additional RM40,200, which comes up to a total of RM37,221,588.25.

The winner said he has not planned how to spend the prize money but he promised to share his newfound wealth with his children. Meanwhile, another winner from Johor won the RM14 million Toto 4D Jackpot 1 on October 9.

The 55-year-old man, who works in the printing industry, said he is just a casual player and only plays Sports Toto games when the jackpot amount is high.

“I bet my car number and my favourite number – ‘8800 & 9577’ for 6 years, which turned out to be the winning pair of 4D numbers for the Toto 4D Jackpot 1.

“I told my siblings that I hit the jackpot but they did not believe me. They only accepted the truth when they checked the results,” he said. He said he would share the winnings with his siblings.

He also plans to travel, buy properties for investment and save the money in fixed deposit. He bought a System 5 ticket which won him not just a whopping RM14,358,412.20 but also an additional RM1,008.

Another winner from Selangor partially won RM2,208,986.45 from the Toto 4D Jackpot 1 and an additional of RM620.40 on October 9 by buying an i-System 14 ticket, which allows a player to bet 14 sets of numbers at a cheaper cost.

A total of RM54 million Sports Toto Jackpots were won within a week by three lucky winners from Sabah, Johor and Selangor.-nst

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