Winners Stories

Life goals a step closer for Tamborine Mountain woman after $10,000 Instant Scratch-Its win!

A Tamborine Mountain woman has excitedly framed a photocopy of the $1 Instant Scratch-Its ticket that recently landed her $10,000 and moved her a step closer to achieving her life goals.

A Tamborine Mountain woman has excitedly framed a photocopy of the $1 Instant Scratch-Its ticket that recently landed her $10,000 and moved her a step closer to achieving her life goals.

The overjoyed woman told Golden Casket officials she was “beside herself” when she scratched one of the top prizes on the $1 Instant Scratch-Its ticket she bought from North Tamborine Newsagency, Shop B2, 17-27 Main Western Road, North Tamborine.

“It was just wonderful. You can’t believe how much of a difference it has made to my life,” the winner exclaimed.

“I regularly buy Instant Scratch-Its and usually I win a little and buy the next ticket.

“I couldn’t believe it when I scratched this ticket. I was beside myself. I said ‘Oh my God’ and a few other words!

“I’ve photocopied the winning ticket and I’ve got that framed. I look at it to remind myself that I’ve won. It’s like I’ve got to pinch myself!

“The newsagency owners were lovely. They were tickled pink for me. We just all made screaming noises and they were really happy for me.”

The thrilled woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, explained the windfall had moved her a step closer to achieving some of her long-held life goals, including buying her own home.

“I’m a wonderful woman with a wicked sense of humour!” she laughed.

“My motto is ‘perseverance brings good fortune’ and I feel it’s really worked in this case!

“My goal is to save up for a deposit for my own home. The win also eases the pressure. If I get an electricity or phone bill that’s over the top, I don’t have to stress about it.”

The top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket was purchased at North Tamborine Newsagency, Shop B2, 17-27 Main Western Road, North Tamborine.

North Tamborine Newsagency owner Janice O’Neill said the outlet was thrilled one of its regular customers had won a top prize on an Instant Scratch-Its. “

It’s the second time we’ve sold a top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket. The last one was about six years ago,” she said.

“Hopefully there’s plenty more wins in store for our customers!

“We’re so happy one of our local customers won and that we got to share in the experience of winning with her. She’s lovely and a real character. I hope she enjoys her windfall.”

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Queenslanders least likely to share a lotto win, while Victorians most generous

If one of your family members or friends wins a share of tomorrow’s Gold Lotto $21 Million Saturday Superdraw, you might want to hope they’re from Victoria rather than Queensland.

If one of your family members or friends wins a share of tomorrow’s Gold Lotto $21 Million Saturday Superdraw, you might want to hope they’re from Victoria rather than Queensland.

A recent survey has revealed that one in 10 Queenslanders (11%) wouldn’t share any of their division one windfall with their family and friends. (See Table 1)

Meanwhile, Victorians are the most generous, with only 2.2% saying they wouldn’t spread their good fortune, followed by South Australians (4.2%) and New South Welshmen (5.2%).

Across the states, men were almost twice as likely not to share their lotto win compared to women (9.7% vs 4.6%), while people aged 18 to 34 years were almost three times more likely not to share compared with older age groups (14.3% vs 4.5%).

The research also shed light on how Australians would share a lotto win with their family and friends, with paying off their debts and bills (28%), giving them a lump sum of money (26.8%), and paying off their house mortgages (24.1%) the most popular choices.

The survey of 1,199 adults, conducted by ReachTEL, comes amid a surge of ticket sales ahead of tomorrow’s Gold Lotto $21 Million Saturday Superdraw – the fourth Superdraw of the year.

Golden Casket spokesperson Matt Hart said the results highlighted that everyone had their own unique dream of how they would spend their Gold Lotto windfall, and more importantly, who’d they’d like to share it with.

“Our division one winners frequently tell us they plan to use their prize money to pay off their own debts and mortgages, go on an overseas holiday, and help family and friends,” he said.

“They see their good fortune as a chance to not only improve their lives, but also the lives of those nearest and dearest to them.

“For some winners this means taking family and friends on a holiday or buying them a new car, while for others it means paying off the home loans of family and friends, or giving a lump sum of money.”

Mr Hart said Golden Casket was preparing to make a slew of phone calls first thing Monday morning to officially notify registered division one Superdraw winners.

“Superdraws have become enormously popular with Queensland Gold Lotto customers, and it’s anticipated up to half the Queensland adult population will purchase an entry in the $21 Million Saturday Superdraw, with half of all tickets purchased on the day of the draw,” he said.

There were eight division one winning entries nationally from May’s $21 Million Saturday Superdraw, including one from Queensland.

Tickets in Gold Lotto’s $21 Million Saturday Superdraw on 24 June are now on sale from all Golden Casket outlets and online at thelott.com.

Table 1: If you won a share of $21 million in the lottery, what is the most likely way you would share some of it with your family and friends?

      Total    Female  Male  18-34  35-50  51-65  65+     
 I wouldn't share any of it with family and friends 7.1%  4.6%  9.7%  14.3%  3.7%  3.9%  4.5% 
 Give them a lump sum of money 26.8%  28.4%  25.1%  21.4%  28.2%  28.6%  31% 
 Pay off their house mortgage 24.1%  25.3%  22.9%  25%  25.7%  24.6%  19% 
 Buy them a car 5%  4.7%  5.3%  3.6%  7.3%  4.3%  4% 
 Take them on a holiday 9%       10%  8%  6%  10.5%  9.6%  11% 
 Pay off their debts and bills 28%  27.1%  29%  29.7%  24.6%  28.9%  30.5% 

 

  Total     QLD  VIC  NSW  SA    
I wouldn't share any of it with family and friends  7.1%  11%  2.2%  5.2%  4.2% 
 Give them a lump sum of money 26.8%  24%  30.7%  26.1%  30.8% 
 Pay off their house mortgage 24.1%  21.6%  27.7%  26.1%  20% 
 Buy them a car 5%  5.1%  5.2%  4.9%  3.3% 
 Take them on a holiday 9%  8.2%  10.5%  9.3%  8.3% 
 Pay off their debts and bills 28%  30.1%  23.6%  28.4%  33.3% 

This survey was conducted using an automated telephone-based survey system among 1,199 voters. The data has been weighted to reflect the population age and gender distribution as provided by the ABS. Telephone numbers and the person within the household were selected at random. Copyright ReachTEL Pty Ltd.

One million reasons to check your old Saturday Gold Lotto tickets

It’s been two years and the mystery remains… who in Morayfield bought the $1 million division one winning ticket in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3539?
It’s been two years and the mystery remains… who in Morayfield bought the $1 million division one winning ticket in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3539?
 
On Saturday 20 June 2015, there were 22 division one winners in Saturday Gold Lotto’s $22 Million Superdraw, but the person who bought a winning ticket from Nextra Morayfield Village in Morayfield is yet to claim their prize!
 
Since the winning ticket was unregistered, Golden Casket has no way of identifying or contacting the mystery player who so far remains unaware of their millionaire status.
 
Golden Casket spokesperson Matt Hart said he hadn’t given up hope that the unsuspecting winner would stumble across their winning ticket and make contact.
 
“If you purchased a Gold Lotto ticket two years ago from Nextra Morayfield Village, Shop 5, Morayfield Shopping Centre, 171 Morayfield Road, Morayfield, you could be our mystery winner!” he said.
 
“We’ve had past winners come forward after finding an old ticket in the back of a drawer, in the central console of their car, and at the bottom of their handbag.
 
“Do you have any old tickets lying around? Could one of them be the winning entry? With a $1 million prize up for grabs, it’s worth checking!”
 
The winning numbers in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3539 on Saturday 20 June 2015 were 44, 27, 22, 10, 8 and 39. The supplementary numbers were 25 and 20.
 
Golden Casket reminds players of the importance of registering their tickets to a Winners Circle Card so all of their prizes are secure and they can be contacted directly with the good news of a big win.
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has reached 388 so far this financial year, including 97 won by Golden Casket customers.

Third major Australian jackpot in five weeks: tomorrow's Powerball prize hits $30 million!

With tomorrow night’s Powerball draw jackpotting to an incredible $30 million, Australians have begun lining up for their entry in the draw.
With tomorrow night’s Powerball draw jackpotting to an incredible $30 million, Australians have begun lining up for their entry in the draw.
 
At $30 million, it’s the third major Australian lotto jackpot in less than five weeks to offer tens of millions of dollars.  It follows hot on the heels of two recent major jackpots that were both won by single winners.
 
On 11 May, a battling Western Sydney family man won the entire $50 million Powerball jackpot, while on 30 May, a young Cairns mother took home the entire $40 million Oz Lotto jackpot.
 
The $30 million Powerball jackpot draw will take place on Thursday 15 June 2017. If there are no division one winners from the draw, the prize will jackpot again to an out-of-this-world $50 million for next week’s draw!
 
Golden Casket spokesperson Matt Hart said winning tomorrow’s $30 million Powerball jackpot – the fourth largest Australian jackpot this year – could be truly life-changing.
 
“As Australia’s biggest jackpotting game, Powerball is the ticket to an extraordinary life. Imagine what you could do with $30 million!” he said.
 
“For our two recent big jackpot winners, the tens of millions of dollars may have just landed into their bank accounts, but already they have some big plans for transforming their lives.
 
“Our recent Powerball winner from Sydney wants to share his $50 million windfall with family, friends and his community. The family man is looking to open a restaurant to help those in need.
 
“For the young mother from Cairns, the $40 million division one win will make her family’s dream home a reality. It also means her husband won’t have to work long hours anymore and they’ll be able to spend more time as a family with the kids.
 
“Past division one winners have done everything from paying off their mortgage and retiring early, through to helping their loved ones and travelling the world. If you won Powerball’s $30 million division one prize, what would you do?”
 
While every number has an equal chance of being drawn on the night, Mr Hart said Australians had been busy exploring ways to improve their chances of winning tomorrow night.
 
“From using lucky numbers and PowerHit entries, through to system games and syndicates, Australian adults play Powerball in their own unique way,” he said.
 
“Lotto is a random game of chance, but to be in with a chance you do need to have an entry!”
 
Tickets can be purchased from Golden Casket outlets and online from theLott.com – Australia’s official online lotteries.
 
Golden Casket recommends players register their tickets to a Winners Circle Card so all of their prizes are secure and they can be contacted directly with the good news of a big win.
 
So far this financial year, the Lott has awarded 384 division one prizes, including 97 to Golden Casket customers.

Cleveland tradie to build "business class retirement" after $1 million Monday Gold Lotto win!

A Cleveland tradie will build a “business class retirement” for him and his wife after discovering he became a millionaire in last night’s Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw.
A Cleveland tradie will build a “business class retirement” for him and his wife after discovering he became a millionaire in last night’s Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw.
 
Across Australia, the happy winner was the only division one winner in Monday & Wednesday Lotto draw 3668 on Monday 12 June 2017.
 
“I’m still shaking! I did check my ticket! It’s wonderful news!” the man exclaimed when he was contacted by a Golden Casket official first thing this morning.
 
The man explained that his winning entry had been created using his “lucky” numbers, but confessed he almost forgot to put the entry in for last night’s draw.
 
He plans to use his million-dollar windfall to accelerate his and his wife’s plans for an active retirement doing all they had ever dreamed of doing.
 
“I’ve said to my wife this will give us a business class retirement!” he exclaimed.
 
“It’s perfect timing in a lot of ways. I couldn’t have asked for this win to come at a better time, so someone is looking out for us. 
 
“I love wildlife and I’ve always wanted to become a wildlife ranger. That’s what I’ll be doing in retirement!
 
“I’m also at that age where I want an MG car. I couldn’t afford one when they first came out!”
 
The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his 18-game marked entry from Bloomfield Street News, Shop 3, 113-115 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland.
 
Bloomfield Street News manager Laura Keogh said the outlet was thrilled to have sold the only division one winning entry nationally in last night’s draw.
 
“It’s so exciting! We’re so happy for our customer!  It’s the best news and it’s put us all in a great mood,” she exclaimed.
 
“A million dollars is such a good amount of money to change your life and we hope the winner really enjoys it.
 
“We’ve sold a few division one winning entries over the years, the last one in 2015, so we were definitely well overdue for another one!”
 
The six winning numbers in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3668 on Monday 12 June 2017 were 22, 28, 5, 44, 38 and 34. The supplementary numbers were 15 and 24.
 
Across Australia, it was the only division one winning entry in Monday & Wednesday Lotto Gold draw 3668, which offers a guaranteed $1 million division one prize for up to four winners in every draw.
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 384 so far this financial year, including 97 won by Golden Casket customers.

$1.3 million Saturday Gold Lotto win sends Toowoomba region man's heart racing

A hardworking Toowoomba region man has confessed his heart has been “jumping all around the countryside” since he discovered he was the only Queensland division one winner in the weekend’s Saturday Gold Lotto draw.
A hardworking Toowoomba region man has confessed his heart has been “jumping all around the countryside” since he discovered he was the only Queensland division one winner in the weekend’s Saturday Gold Lotto draw.
 
The happy man was one of three division one winners nationally from Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3745 on Saturday 10 June 2017, with each taking home a division one prize of $1,331,103.75.
 
Speaking to a Golden Casket official this morning to confirm his prize, the unregistered player admitted he had initially forgotten all about his entry in the draw, but finally remembered to check it yesterday.
 
“It’s just awesome!” the man exclaimed.
 
“It’s unreal! I couldn’t sleep last night. Oh my God!
 
“I’ll put my heart back in its place now. It’s been jumping around all over the countryside!”
 
The happy man will use his windfall of more than $1.3 million to plan for his retirement, help his family, and fulfil his long-held dream of travelling around Australia.
 
“It’s worked out really well,” the emotional man said.
 
“It’s going to relieve a lot of financial pressure and it will be great just not having to worry about money.
 
“I can look forward to having a retirement now!”
 
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his winning 50-game QuickPick entry at Oakey Newsagency, 103 Campbell Street, Oakey.
 
Oakey Newsagency owner Sandra Pott said she was thrilled the winner had come forward to claim their prize.
 
“We’re stoked to sell another division one winning ticket!  We’re just over the moon!”  She exclaimed.
 
“We last sold a division one winning ticket about two years ago so it’s great to see another one of our customers win the big one!”
 
The six winning numbers in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3745 on Saturday 10 June 2017 were 14, 24, 44, 22, 12 and 20.  The supplementary numbers were 32 and 6.
 
Across Australia, there were three division one winning entries in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3745 – one in Queensland and two in Victoria.  
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 383 so far this financial year, including 96 won by Golden Casket customers.