Winners Stories

Queensland's wannabe lotto winners want to go to the NRL Grand Final with Jonathon Thurston

With Gold Lotto’s $21 Million Superdraw on tomorrow night, Queensland’s wannabe winners have begun pondering their plans should they win a share of the $21 Million division one prize pool.

With Gold Lotto’s $21 Million Superdraw on tomorrow night, Queensland’s wannabe winners have begun pondering their plans should they win a share of the $21 Million division one prize pool.
 
A recent survey of Queensland adults found almost a third (29.3%) want NRL star Jonathon Thurston as their celebrity friend, should they win a share of $21 million. 
 
Reinforcing Thurston’s homestate appeal, he was Queenslanders’ top pick, but only the third favourite nationally.
 
Other popular potential celebrity friends for Queensland’s new millionaires would be Hugh Jackman (26.9%) and, on the back of her recent performances at the Gabba, Adele (21.4%).  (See Table 1)
 
When asked what luxury experience they’d like to have with their new celebrity friend after winning a share in Gold Lotto, more than a third of Queenslanders (37.3%) want to be VIPs at the NRL Grand Final. 
 
Another quarter (24%) of Queenslanders want to go on a Great Barrier Reef scuba dive with their new celebrity mate.  (See Table 2)
 
The survey of 1,199 adults, conducted by ReachTEL, comes amid a surge of ticket sales ahead of tomorrow’s $21 million Saturday Gold Lotto Superdraw – the second of the year.
 
Golden Casket spokesperson Matt Hart said with the Superdraw only one day away, Queenslanders had already begun to dream about how their lives could change if they were one of the winners in tomorrow’s Gold Lotto Superdraw.
 
“Everyone has 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,” he said.
 
“Many winners tell us they plan to pay off their mortgage, help family and friends, and go on a long-overdue holiday. But this survey also shows Queenslanders have a playful side and can picture themselves hanging out with celebs and experiencing the good life after a Gold Lotto win.”
 
Mr Hart said Golden Casket was preparing to make a slew of phone calls first thing Monday morning to officially notify this Saturday’s Superdraw registered division one Gold Lotto winners.
 
“Superdraws have become enormously popular with Queensland Gold Lotto customers and it’s anticipated that up to half the Queensland Adult population will purchase an entry into the $21 Million Superdraw on Saturday, with half of all tickets purchased on the day of the draw,” he said.

There were 15 division one winners nationally from February’s $20 million Superdraw, including five from Queensland.
 
Tickets in Saturday Gold Lotto’s $21 Million Superdraw on 25 March 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, which of the following celebrity friend would you most like to hang out in style with?

Total

QLD

VIC

NSW

SA

Adele

22.8%

21.4%

23.6%

19.5%

30.0%

Beyoncé

8.3%

5.8%

12.7%

7.5%

5.8%

Chris Hemsworth

12.5%

8.8%

10.5%

13.5%

15.0%

Hugh Jackman

28.8%

26.9%

30.7%

24.0%

37.5%

Kim Kardashian

8.0%

7.8%

10.1%

10.1%

3.3%

Jonathon Thurston

19.5%

29.3%

12.4%

25.5%

8.3%

 
Table 2
If you won a share of $21 million in the lottery, what luxury experience would you like to do with your celebrity friend?

Total

QLD

VIC

NSW

SA

London pub crawl

17.3%

12.7%

15.0%

16.4%

21.0%

Paris shopping spree

14.4%

11.6%

15.4%

14.2%

21.0%

 Hawaiian surfing safari

9.4%

6.5%

12.4%

10.4%

12.6%

Private A-List party in LA

13.3%

7.9%

20.2%

16.0%

18.5%

Great Barrier Reef scuba dive

20.4%

24.0%

24.7%

11.6%

12.6%

Be a VIP at the NRL Grand Final

25.2%

37.3%

12.4%

31.3%

14.3%

 
 
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.

Hardworking Cairns man to call it a day at work after $1 million Gold Lotto win

A hardworking Cairns man has decided to call it a day at work after winning $1 million in last night’s Wednesday Gold Lotto draw.
A hardworking Cairns man has decided to call it a day at work after winning $1 million in last night’s Wednesday Gold Lotto draw.
 
Thanks to his 12-game QuickPick, the man was the only division one winner across Australia in Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3645.
 
Speaking to a Golden Casket official this morning, the winner admitted he first didn’t believe his win was true.
 
“That’s really good!  It’s well and truly come at absolutely the right time,” he said.
 
“I’ve only got another year or so to go until retirement and I think this has made up my mind for me!
 
“I just had a look at the results online a quarter of an hour ago.  I’ve been back on about five times to confirm it’s right.  I wasn’t sure. 
 
“I check my lotto online each morning and usually it says nothing to me, but this time it was different!  I really didn’t believe it, but I believe it now!”
 
Apart from stopping work, the winner said he would also use his windfall to buy his first home, buy a new car and help his family.
 
The regular player, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought his winning entry at Raintrees Newsagency, Shop 24, Raintrees Shopping Centre, 1 Koch Street, Cairns.
 
Raintrees Newsagency owner Sharryn Stokes said the store was celebrating selling another division one winning entry.
 
“Congratulations to the winner!  It’s very exciting that one of our customers has won!” she said.
 
“Everyone tells us we’re a lucky shop and it looks like it’s come to fruition!
 
“The last time we sold a division one winning ticket was just over two years ago in June 2014 and we sold actually sold two in one week. 
 
“Back then, we sold a winning ticket in the Wednesday Gold Lotto and then one later that week for the Saturday Gold Lotto.  With this week’s $21 million Superdraw, perhaps we’ll do the same thing again this weekend!”
 
The winning numbers in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3645 on Wednesday 22 March 2017 were 6, 11, 23, 22, 35, 18, with the supplementary numbers 37 and 27.
 
Across Australia, it was the only division one winning entry in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3645, which offers a guaranteed $1 million division one prize for up to four winners in every draw.
 
The Lott’s division one winning entry tally has now reached 288 so far this financial year, including 70 won by Golden Casket customers.

Life imitates art for Sherwood Instant Scratch-Its Live winner!

A Sherwood woman who once played an Instant Scratch-Its winner in a 1990s television ad has finally been able to experience that winning feeling for real after landing one of the $250,000 top prizes on a $10 Instant Scratch-Its Double Crosswords.
A Sherwood woman who once played an Instant Scratch-Its winner in a 1990s television ad has finally been able to experience that winning feeling for real after landing one of the $250,000 top prizes on a $10 Instant Scratch-Its Double Crosswords.
 
The winner confessed she initially thought she’d only won $1,000 on the ticket she bought from Sherwood News, Shop 4, 686 Sherwood Road, Sherwood.
 
“I really love the Crosswords Instant Scratch-Its and that sense of anticipation that they give,” she said.
 
“I’d bought this ticket at the newsagents and was sitting in the car scratching it.  I thought I’d matched nine words and won $1,000, and thought ‘that’s awesome!’.
 
“Then I realised I’d actually matched all ten words and I started shaking.   I went back into the newsagency and they gave me a glass of water to calm me down.
 
“I was beside myself!”
 
The winner said she once acted in a 1990s Instant Scratch-Its television ad, playing the role of a winning customer.  She said winning for real more than 25 years later was “amazing”.
 
“It will make a big difference for us and will help us pay off the mortgage,” she said. 
 
“We’re also going on holidays later this year, but have one night left to book – that’s going to be a five-star hotel!”
 
The woman admitted she had a bit of fun breaking the news of the $250,000 windfall to her husband.
 
“My husband knows I love Instant Scratch-Its and often jokes to me ‘do we need the wheelbarrow?’ when asking if I’d won anything,” she said.
 
“So after I’d won, I said to him ‘I need you to get me a wheelbarrow’.  Initially, he was annoyed thinking I really needed a wheelbarrow at short notice, but then he realised I’d won!”
 
The winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket was purchased at Sherwood News, Shop 4, 686 Sherwood Road, Sherwood.
 
Sherwood News owner Luong Luu said he was thrilled about selling a top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket – the store’s first since he took over ownership last year.
 
“It was very exciting and lovely to see,” he said.
 
“The winner was shaking and we helped her calm down.  We also got her to put her name on the back of the ticket right away, just in case!
 
“We hope she enjoys the win! It’s the first one for us since we took over the store so hopefully more to come!”
 
It can happen in an instant. It could happen to you.

Queenslanders put a price on happiness: $10 million to realise their dreams

Queenslanders have put a price on their own happiness, with most saying they would need to a lotto windfall of at least $10 million to realise their dreams.

Queenslanders have put a price on their own happiness, with most saying they would need to a lotto windfall of at least $10 million to realise their dreams.
 
The Golden Casket survey, conducted by ReachTEL, was conducted in time for International Day of Happiness, today 20 March.
 
It found just over a quarter of Queensland adults said they would need at least $10 million to realise their dreams.  Another 22.6% of respondents named $8 million as their dream price tag, followed by 21.6% who nominated $1 million. (See Table 1)
 
The latest results mark a dramatic shift in Queenslanders’ thinking as just six months ago most Queenslanders said they only needed $1 million to fulfill their dreams. 
 
When asked how a big lotto win might bring them happiness, more than a third of Queenslanders (38.0%) said it would be being debt free and financially secure.   More than a quarter (26.7%) said being able to help out family and friends would also make them happy. (See Table 2)
 
Golden Casket spokesperson Matt Hart said the results highlighted how Queenslanders had diverse thoughts on what they thought could make them happy.
 
“From speaking to our million-dollar winners, it’s clear that everyone has a different and unique dream.  For some, it’s paying off their mortgage and going on a Mediterranean cruise, while for others it’s that long overdue trip to the dentist and being able to go to the salon rather than colour your hair at home,” he said.
 
“It’s surprising to see that in 2017 Queenslanders’ dreams have suddenly become ten times more expensive to realise! 
 
“Sadly, this survey suggests that Queensland adults are feeling their dreams are a little more out of reach, perhaps because of concerns about the cost of living, the economy or maybe recent international developments.
 
“Interestingly, previous Golden Casket research showed most Queenslanders told us they would also need $10 million to be able to quit work and retire early.  So perhaps Queenslanders have made a correlation between realising their dreams and quitting their jobs!
 
“It’s clear Queensland is a generous state.  In the past, only about a quarter (27.7%) have said they would not share a $1 million lotto win with family, friends and charity.  This latest survey suggests that the act of helping family and friends is one of the key things that would make a Queensland lotto winner happy.”
 
Table 1
Question:  Of the following, if you won the lottery, what would be the ideal windfall for you to realise your dreams?
 

Total

QLD

VIC

NSW

SA

$1 million

24.3%

21.6%

24.8%

19.2%

23.1%

$2 million

15.4%

15.8%

14.3%

15.8%

17.4%

$4 million

13.3%

13.7%

10.9%

15.8%

13.2%

$8 million

16.6%

22.6%

12.0%

20.7%

13.2%

At least $10 million

30.4%

26.4%

38.0%

28.6%

33.1%

 
Table 2
Question: If you won a major lottery windfall, which one of the following do you think would bring you the most happiness?
 

 

Total

QLD

VIC

NSW

SA

Feeling free to do what I want

13.8%

12.3%

13.8%

9.4%

10.0%

Being debt free / financially secure

33.3%

38.0%

23.9%

32.2%

53.3%

Being able to retire early

9.9%

11.6%

13.8%

11.2%

5.8%

Being able to spend more time with family and friends

6.4%

5.5%

8.2%

8.6%

3.3%

Being able to help family and friends

28.1%

26.7%

29.9%

26.6%

21.7%

Being able to donate to charity

8.4%

5.8%

10.4%

12.0%

5.8%

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.

Gold Coast man 'good as gold' after mid-week $1 million Gold Lotto win!

A man from the Gold Coast is ‘good as gold’ after becoming a millionaire overnight in last night’s Gold Lotto draw!

A man from the Gold Coast is ‘good as gold’ after becoming a millionaire overnight in last night’s Gold Lotto draw!

The man was elated when he discovered that he’d won a division one prize of $1 million in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3643.

“I’m good as gold! Good as gold!” the man exclaimed.

“I got a lot happier last night when I saw the outcome of the draw!

“It was beautiful! It was a very, very exciting moment!

“You don’t know what $1 million means to me, I’ll tell ya. It’s magic.”

The happy man played the minimum 4-game entry which cost $2.40 and made him a millionaire overnight.

“I’ve had the same numbers for 30 years!” the man explained.

“I just picked them out randomly originally all those years ago and taken them with me.”

The regular player, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his winning entry online at thelott.com – Australia’s official online lotteries.

The winning numbers in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3643 on Wednesday 15 March 2017 were 39, 38, 3, 34, 33 and 5, with the supplementary numbers 45 and 17.

Across Australia, it was one of only two division one winning entries in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3643, which offers a guaranteed $1 million division one prize for up to four winners in every draw.

Along with the Gold Coast man, the other division one winner purchased their entry in Victoria.

The Lott’s division one winning entry tally has now reached 285 so far this financial year, including 69 won by Golden Casket customers.

Maroochydore Monday Gold Lotto millionaire still wanted after three months

What would you do with $1 million?

What would you do with $1 million?

That’s the question Golden Casket officials are patiently waiting to ask a Maroochydore resident or visitor who bought the sole winning entry in a Monday Gold Lotto draw three months ago, but has yet to come forward and claim their prize.

Golden Casket has this week renewed calls for customers to check any tickets they bought from Cotton Tree News, 1/9 King Street, Maroochydore, in December last year.

Maroochydore’s unclaimed $1 million prize was won from Monday Gold Lotto draw 3618, which was drawn just before Christmas on Monday 19 December 2016 and revealed the winning numbers: 4, 10, 6, 33, 11 and 38.

Golden Casket spokesperson Matt Hart said the division one winning ticket was not registered to a Winners Circle card so officials had no clues or contact details for the mysterious missing winner.

“Our missing millionaire could be a local resident, someone who was holidaying in Maroochydore, or simply someone who was visiting family and friends in the region. We don’t know, but we’d love to unite the winner with their $1 million windfall,” he said.

“We haven’t lost hope that the unaware Maroochydore winner will be found. Just recently a man found an old Lotto ticket while cleaning his car and discovered he’d won a million dollars more than a year earlier!

“With $1 million to be claimed, it could pay for you to have a clean-up around the house, car or anywhere else you stash Lotto tickets.

“We recommend anyone who believes they are holding the division one winning entry to keep it in a safe place and contact Golden Casket as soon as possible on 131 868 to start the prize claim process.”

The division one winning entry was purchased from Cotton Tree News, 1/9 King Street in Maroochydore.

It was the only entry that won a first division prize in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3618, which offered a guaranteed division one prize of $1 million for up to four winners in each draw.

The six winning numbers in Monday Gold Lotto draw 3618 on Monday 20 December 2016 were 4, 10, 6, 33, 11 and 38. The supplementary numbers were 28 and 23.

The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 279 so far this financial year, including 68 won by Golden Casket customers.