Australian Lottery player wins $2m second time in six months

Image copyright Splash News Image caption Donnie Simpson became only the third person to take home a jackpot twice A British lotto player has taken home a £2m top prize on Australia’s New Year’s…

Australian Lottery player wins $2m second time in six months

Image copyright Splash News Image caption Donnie Simpson became only the third person to take home a jackpot twice

A British lotto player has taken home a £2m top prize on Australia’s New Year’s Day Powerball draw, the state’s lottery company says.

Donnie Simpson, from Palm Beach, took home the jackpot for the second time in four months.

On 24 November last year, the Australian winner also acquired the same prize for the same draw but had not claimed it.

Australian Lotteries says there are currently two jackpot prizes of £5m on offer and that they will be claimed as soon as possible.

Mr Simpson won in both November and January so he has a deadline of 30 February.

Lottery winners are entitled to three months to pay their taxes but Australian Lotteries say it will honour a six-month extension if the winners wish to receive the prizes before then.

If no winner comes forward during that time they will have the option of paying the prize in full or splitting it three ways.

Image copyright Australian Lotteries Image caption Mr Simpson and his brother won a $200m jackpot in May 2014

Mr Simpson and his brother were lucky enough to collect one of the biggest jackpots in Australia’s history when they won $200m in 2014.

He won the money after purchasing a $1 million winning ticket while out in a gym.

Mr Simpson, a former soldier, then invested the money in a property portfolio and a mid-life career change.

He recently began working as a prison inmate parole officer.

According to the Lottery website, several other Lotteries lottery players in Australia were also in on the New Year’s Day draw with a winning Powerball ticket, but it is unclear what their winnings are.

Powerball is Australia’s second biggest lottery and is played on the state and territory lottery systems in Australia.

Like the UK, it is also played overseas in South Africa, India, France, Japan, New Zealand and Britain.

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