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A lucky punter from Sabah became the year’ first instant millionaire when he struck RM15.2 million in the Sports Toto 4D Jackpot 1. FILE PIC

KUALA LUMPUR: A lucky punter from Sabah became the year’ first instant millionaire when he struck RM15.2 million in the Sports Toto 4D Jackpot 1.

The 54-year-old struck the wining numbers in the January 14 draw, which saw him collect RM15.2 million out of the RM19.8 million available under the Jackpot 1 system.

His winnings were from the numbers 9807 and 7908, which happened to be the registration number of cars parked outside his home.

“I love to bet so I won’t miss out on any chances whenever I see any interesting numbers.

“I thought those were beautiful numbers. That was how I ended up buying those number on a System 12 ticket for RM132 on that day,” he said after collecting his winning from the Sports Toto headquarters, here, recently.

The man, who runs his own business, said he enjoyed buying new sets of numbers for every draw. Hence he would only test his luck with new numbers for just one time.

“It was so bizarre to see that 9807 and 7908 appear as the second and third prizes, respectively. This won’t happen if it weren’t for luck,” he said.

He said that when he learnt on Sunday that he had won the jackpot, he was so excited until he could not even sleep.

“I had to buy sleeping pills just so I could get some sleep,” he said.

On how he plans to use his newfound wealth, he said he would put the money in the bank for the moment and decide on what to utilise it for later.

The whopping RM19,846,109.80 for the Toto 4D Jackpot 1 on January 14 was shared by 10 lucky winners from Sabah, Perak, Penang and Johor.

Being the sole System Play winner, the Sabahan walked away with the biggest share of the jackpot amounting to RM15,200,060.45 and an additional RM3,360.

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