Lester's voice was cracking with emotion. The 60-year-old communications engineer sounded bitterly disappointed as he told me about his loss.
"I had all the numbers, you wouldn't believe it," he said over the phone. "A million dollars, I missed a million dollars!"
He had won - came first - but failed to play.
Now living in Australia, he's kicking himself for not buying the tickets that fateful Saturday and becoming a lottery winner for real.
It's a familiar story, and there are many stories of lost prizes...
But there's one good outcome. Although all here lost out on the actual prizes, they won using the Silver Lotto System. All the numbers they chose proved to be correct.
Read about these Silverites (owners of my System) who definitely WILL be playing their next game:
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--- I am sorry to say that I had all 5 numbers... last Thursday and did not play unfortunately... resulting in my not winning the $175,000 pot. Larry C.
--- I failed to play on Wed, but my numbers would have won a ticket with 5 out of 6 numbers and a couple of 3's!! Rosalind D.
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--- I wish I would have known about your site earlier. I received the log in today, had I received it yesterday, I would have won just under $2,200 on Oz Lotto. Angela A.
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--- The other surprise was that the winning numbers were in the very first line of Profile 1 which I compiled using my own numbers. Had I entered the Oz Tues draw we would have had 4 correct numbers. Mary D.
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But Lester still did win a place in history - he was the first biggest 'lost' prize the System has ever had. Here's what he wrote to us about his million dollar loss.
Hi Ken, After taking tickets of the same series for some time,... I decided to extend out to a much larger number of entries. This was what you had been saying so I followed instructions. Now I needed to get organised quickly and cut to the chase, buy the tickets and watch the results. I did get organised but alas I let that fateful night go by when I did not buy and the prize pool meant that $1M would have been won as my first line of numbers came up.