Penang businessman wins S$22.4m jackpot, largest in Malaysian history

The 40-year-old man collected his winnings two days after the results were announced. PHOTO: REUTERS

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A businessman from Penang has won the largest jackpot in Malaysia's history, bagging a cool RM69.6 million (S$22.4 million) in the Grand Toto 6/63 prize last Wednesday (Sept 13).

"We were so excited that we could not stop screaming and running around the house," said the winner, who prefers anonymity.

The 40-year-old winner, who collected his winnings two days after the results were announced, had started playing Sports Toto games four years ago, Sports Toto Malaysia said in a statement on Tuesday.

However, bets using his car plate numbers did not amount to anything.

"On Wednesday evening, I was stuck in a traffic jam while I was on my way to dinner. So when I decided to take a detour, I spotted a Sports Toto outlet and I thought I should try my luck since all my friends had been talking about the largest Toto jackpot recently.

"It was my first time playing the Lotto game, so I took out RM50 and told the sales person that I wanted to buy RM50 Lucky Pick on Grand Toto 6/63," he told Sports Toto.

The buy gave him 25 sets of Lucky Pick numbers for the draw.

He did not check the result on that night, and was alerted by a friend the next morning that someone from Penang had won the jackpot.

"I didn't take note of my friend's alert and continued my daily tasks. I went for my breakfast and started working at home.

"Suddenly the jackpot alert crossed my mind and I started checking through the tickets. When I saw a ticket matched the last two numbers of the result, which were 52 and 53, I was pretty sure that I'd won."

The winning numbers were 14, 16, 34, 39, 52 and 53.

"So I told my younger brother to check the rest of the numbers for me and I was right! I won the jackpot!" he added.

The winner said he would donate a portion of the winnings to charity, pay off loans, and invest in properties in Penang.

The previous largest Toto jackpot, which was the RM57 million Supreme Toto 6/58 jackpot, was won in 2012.

Currently, the highest jackpot amount standing at more than RM 28 million is also for Supreme Toto 6/58.

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