An Australian mistakenly received THOUSANDS of votes for The Voice

Brisbane man mistakenly sent THOUSANDS of votes for The Voice Australia winner Lachie Gill after viewers accidentally dialed his mobile number

An Australian man mistakenly received thousands of votes for The Voice Australia because his phone number was only one digit away from the one used for the contest.

A 50-year-old man from Brisbane called Antoni tells news.com.au that his phone has been inundated with text messages and calls since voting began on May 22.

“I deleted the first few hundred (posts) because I thought I was being spammed, not realizing people were voting.” I didn’t watch the show and I didn’t know why people were sending me names of contestants,” he said.

Oh my goodness: An Australian man mistakenly received thousands of votes for The Voice Australia because his phone number was only one digit away from the one used for the contest. Pictured: Winner Lachie Gill

“It wasn’t until I saw an ad with the cell phone number displayed that I realized how close it was to my number and the penny dropped,” he continued.

Antoni revealed that he had “a few thousand text messages” and “a few hundred voicemails”.

He says he was woken by his phone ringing at all hours of the night, as well as messages being broadcast throughout the day.

Oops: A 50-year-old Brisbane man called Antoni tells news.com.au his phone has been inundated with texts and calls since voting began on May 22

Oops: A 50-year-old Brisbane man called Antoni tells news.com.au his phone has been inundated with texts and calls since voting began on May 22

Channel Seven has apologized to Antoni for the inconvenience, he told news.com.au.

The majority of votes were for contestant Lachie Gill, who won the contest.

The votes that went to Antoni’s phone were not counted in the official tallies of the competition.

“I deleted the first few hundred (posts) because I thought I was being spammed, not realizing people were voting.” I didn’t watch the show and I didn’t know why people were sending me names of contestants,” he said.

Lachie was crowned the winner of The Voice Australia for 2022, and some fans of the show were unhappy with the verdict.

The 24-year-old Victorian was up against fellow finalists Thando Sikwila, Jordan Tavita and Faith Sosene, and some felt his victory was unwarranted.

Several viewers posted on Twitter to express their belief that Lachie only won because he is white.

Nice penny: On Sunday night's grand finale episode, Lachie won the $100,000 prize and a record deal with Universal Music Australia

Nice penny: On Sunday night’s grand finale episode, Lachie won the $100,000 prize and a record deal with Universal Music Australia

Lachie told Daily Mail Australia on Monday that he understands there will always be “skeptics”, but he will not be drawn into a debate over whether or not race played a role in his victory.

“There are always doubts and I won’t buy into that,” Lachie said the day after he was crowned the winner of the Channel Seven talent show.

“I’m really grateful to my fans who voted for me and showed their support,” he added.

Scrutiny: Some fans on Twitter speculated that 'white privilege' propelled Lachie to victory, and even runner-up Faith Sosene hinted that his background made him more appealing to viewers back home.  Pictured: The final four of The Voice Australia 2022

Scrutiny: Some fans on Twitter speculated that ‘white privilege’ propelled Lachie to victory, and even runner-up Faith Sosene hinted that his background made him more appealing to viewers back home. Pictured: The final four of The Voice Australia 2022

The physical education teacher revealed that he plans to use the $100,000 cash prize to buy a house or invest in his music career.

“I will never be the person who buys jewelry or a car. I will make sure he goes somewhere where it will benefit me for my future,’ Lachie told Daily Mail Australia.

‘[I’ll either] invest it in music or start looking at a house,” he explained.

Breaking his silence: Lachie told Daily Mail Australia on Monday that he understands there will always be

Breaking his silence: Lachie told Daily Mail Australia on Monday that he understands there will always be ‘skeptics’, but he won’t be drawn into a debate over whether or not race played a role in his victory

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