Mystery $49-million Jamaican Lotto winner finally collects prize


Supreme Ventures has finally presented its latest Lotto winner, S. O’Meally with the $49 Million prize won on Wednesday, December 6 during draw #1426.

O’Meally, the last Lotto winner for the year 2017, left all of Jamaica guessing for over four weeks by failing to claim the $49 Million jackpot immediately after it was announced that the jackpot had been hit.

O’Meally, who bought the winning ticket in Linstead, St. Catherine, said that it was in gearing up to buy tickets for another draw, that the realization came, through checking the previously bought ticket, that that was the winning ticket. The lucky numbers were 07, 09, 16, 21, 23, 36 and Bonus Ball 05.

“I just searched my bag and I found the ticket and my friend was searching online to find out what was the winning number from the draw. I looked at it and I went back into my room and I thought I just had some familiar numbers in that line as usual. Anyways, I went for the ticket and when I looked at the numbers I came out the room and said ‘I won’. It was unbelievable to me that finally, I’m a winner. I’ve matched five and bonus ball before and I’ve missed by not buying my ticket,” O’Meally said.

O’Meally, who has been buying Lotto tickets for 20 years, says the numbers come in dreams and these winning Lotto numbers were no different.

“The numbers that I won with were actually individuals, like seven – Married Woman, nine – Married Man, 16 – The Young Girl and 23 – The Bad Girl. The dream was about a family gathering and those were the persons sitting there so I just wrote them down,” O’Meally said.

Supreme Ventures Assistant Vice President, Group Corporate Communications, Simone Clarke-Cooper gives some sound advice to the winner of the $49 million Lotto jackpot, S. O’Meally at the cheque presentation at the SVL Corporate Office in New Kingston on Wednesday.

While many persons purchase numbers as a source of enjoyment, O’Meally was convinced that one day the dream numbers would hit it big and win.

“I’ve always been close and I always miss, sometimes because of misinterpretation. One time I lost because I played someone as 16 when they were really 21, that was the match 5 and Bonus Ball. I’ve been playing from before there was a SVL terminal in Linstead, I used to go to Spanish Town to buy lottery tickets,”

Now that the dream has been realized, O’Meally says the multi-million dollar windfall will be a great financial springboard. O’Meally said family life has been a series of monetary ups and downs. Aside from funding the children’s tertiary education, there are plans to start a business to ensure that the family makes the most of their new-found wealth.

“I’ll start a business and keep working on it and put some in a fixed deposit. This is the capital that I am going to live off of and the fixed capital won’t be needed until much later,” O’Meally said.

Unlike other jackpot dreamers who plan to purchase luxury cars and go on exotic vacations, O’Meally has no affinity for extravagance and with a new house being the largest purchase on the cards.

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