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Million dollar fairytale comes true for Ballajura couple

As we prepare to find out who will become the MasterChef winner this weekend, a Western Australian couple have already scooped their very own first prize - a $1 million Division One prize.

The couple in their 60s from Ballajura, who purchased their winning ticket in Monday night's Lotto draw, said a trip to the local shops to organise a gangster outfit for a dress up party turned into learning that they were instant millionaires.

"Before going shopping, I checked my Lotto ticket at a retail outlet. When I learnt I had won a million dollars my initial thoughts were this can't be right, this sort of thing doesn't happen in my world," the man said.

"I never got around to buying my gangster outfit as the next thing I did was drive straight to the Lotterywest Head Office to confirm the news, hitting every red light on my way there.

"I'm only just starting to believe the news now that it's confirmed but it still feels like I'm in a dream or part of a fairytale."

The couple purchased their winning ticket from Ballajurra News. It was the second consecutive Monday Lotto Division One win by a Western Australian player in two weeks, with a couple from Beaconsfield also claiming their $1 million prize from last Monday night's Lotto draw.

The Ballajura couple, who have not been on a holiday in ten years, said they would use the prize money to jet off overseas.

"I have not seen my son who lives overseas in ten years so we will head over to visit him as well as other family members I have there. We will also pay off our mortgage and share it with close family," the man said.

The man said celebrations would start by sitting down and enjoying the home made curry and rice his wife had prepared, followed by a small celebration with close family and friends.

Lotto winners are not the only ones who benefit from Lotterywest games; 33 cents in every dollar spent is returned to Western Australian health, sports, the arts and a large number of charitable and community organisations.

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