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Maroochydore’s $1 million Monday winner still missing after one month!

In the madness of the Christmas/New Year period, it appears someone has forgotten to check a Monday Gold Lotto ticket they purchased in Maroochydore and are yet to realise they’ve become a millionaire.

In the madness of the Christmas/New Year period, it appears someone has forgotten to check a Monday Gold Lotto ticket they purchased in Maroochydore and are yet to realise they’ve become a millionaire.

Golden Casket has now been waiting 28 days for the customer who purchased a ticket in the Sunshine Coast suburb of Maroochydore to check their Monday Gold Lotto ticket and realise they won a cool $1 million!

Maroochydore’s unclaimed prize was won in Monday and Wednesday 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 Claire Taylor 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.

“It’s incredible to think that someone could be holding on to an unregistered Monday Gold Lotto ticket worth $1 million and still not know it after almost one month!” Ms Taylor exclaimed.

“It could have been someone holidaying in Maroochydore or visiting family ahead of Christmas, or simply a local customer – but since the winner didn’t register their ticket to a Winners Circle Card it’s anyone’s guess!

“We’re all guilty of shoving that pile of papers in a drawer or cupboard in a quick tidy-up and being a bit slow to unpack from holiday, so the division winning ticket could be just waiting for rediscovery.

“You may not think it’s possible that you could be the mystery millionaire we’re searching for, but if you purchased an unregistered entry in Monday Gold Lotto in Maroochydore that you haven’t quite got around to checking, you’re in with a chance!

“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.

Throughout Australia, it was the only entry that won a first division prize in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3618, which offers 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 225 so far this financial year, including 53 won by Golden Casket customers.

Sunnybank student stoked after winning $159,000 in The Pools!

A young man in his 20s from Brisbane’s southern suburb of Sunnybank was over-the-moon today to discover he’d won more than $159,000 in The Pools!

A young man in his 20s from Brisbane’s southern suburb of Sunnybank was over-the-moon today to discover he’d won more than $159,000 in The Pools!

The happy student scooped the entire $159,917.20 division one prize in The Pools - a Golden Casket game where 6 numbers are drawn from 38 based on the results of local and international soccer matches.

The stunned winner admitted he was completely unaware he’d won the prize on Saturday night until a Golden Casket official phoned him with the big news he had won a life-changing prize.

“Ok, what is the good news? How much did I win?” the man excitedly quizzed.

“Wow! Wow! Ha ha ha! Oh my god! – Really? Holy cow, wow! Ha ha ha!

“Are you serious? You’re not pulling my leg right? This is real - I won $159,000 right? Oh my god, I’m just too overwhelmed.

“This has made my day! It’s a lucky day for me!”

The overwhelmed young man had some initial thoughts about how he would spend his division one prize.

“I’m going to upgrade my family’s next flights overseas to first class!” he exclaimed.

“I’ll be taking a shopping spree! Maybe I’ll get some new clothes and shoes and stuff like that!

“I will also make a donation to my temple and the Children’s Hospital.”

The winner told Golden Casket he is a regular The Pools player.

“I didn’t think too much about it and my luck came to me I guess! It’s when you least expect it,” he explained.

“I’ve been playing for quite a long time actually and today I really struck the big one!”

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his 50-game QuickPick entry from Macgregor News, Shop 14-15 in the Sunnybank Shopping Centre, corner Mains Road and McCullough Street, Sunnybank.

It was the only entry that won a first division prize in The Pools draw 1642 on Saturday 14 January 2017.

The winning numbers in The Pools draw 1642 were 6, 33, 28, 23, 35 and 24. The supplementary number was 22.

The Lott’s division one winning entry tally has now reached 226 so far this financial year, including 54 won by Golden Casket customers.

Lutwyche’s mystery Megadraw millionaire missing out on a very happy new year

A Brisbane’s northside resident or visitor has kicked off 2017 by becoming a millionaire following Gold Lotto’s $31 Million Megadraw on New Year’s Eve, but has yet to hear the happy news for themselves.

A Brisbane’s northside resident or visitor has kicked off 2017 by becoming a millionaire following Gold Lotto’s $31 Million Megadraw on New Year’s Eve, but has yet to hear the happy news for themselves. G

olden Casket has now been waiting more than two weeks for the mystery winner, who purchased a ticket at Lutwyche News & Gifts, to check their ticket and claim the first division prize of $1,347,326.09.

Gold Lotto’s $31 Million Megadraw (draw 3699) was drawn on Saturday 31 December 2016, unveiling the winning numbers: 11, 18, 40, 16, 4 and 31.

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

He said the Lutwyche million-dollar prize was the last to be claimed from the five division one prizes won by Queensland players in that draw.

“We all know the start of a new year can be a crazy time as many head back to work, while others enjoy time away with family and friends. Somewhere out there is our mystery winner who has forgotten to check the Gold Lotto ticket they bought for the New Year’s Eve Megadraw,” he said.

“Imagine being a millionaire but not knowing it! This person could really be enjoying a happy new year!

“We’re putting the call out to help track down the missing millionaire and share the New Year’s cheer with them. The winning ticket may have been stashed away as part of a New Year’s clean-up or tucked away in a suitcase or travel bag that’s yet to be unpacked.

“If you purchased an unregistered entry in Gold Lotto’s 31 Million Megadraw in Lutwyche, check your ticket as you could be our millionaire!”

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 division one winning entry was purchased from Lutwyche News & Gifts, within Lutwyche Shopping Centre, 543 Lutwyche Road, Lutwyche.

Lutwyche News & Gifts owner Andrew Lincoln said the store’s staff were “holding their breath” that the winner would come back to check their ticket.

“Every day we hope our mystery customer will pop in. We’ve got signs up in the store letting people know a division one ticket was sold here so we hope that will also spur people into action,” he said.

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

Throughout Australia, there were 23 entries that won a division one prize of $1,347,826.09 in Gold Lotto’s $31 Million Megadraw (draw 3699) on New Year’s Eve on Saturday 31 December 2016.

Five of the division one winning entries were purchased in Queensland, five from Victoria, six from New South Wales, four from Western Australia, two from South Australia, and one from Tasmania.

Along with the division one winning ticket from Lutwyche, the other Queensland entries were purchased from Kirwan, Ascot, Mount Gravatt and Mango Hill.

The six winning numbers in Gold Lotto’s $31 Million Megadraw (draw 3699) on Saturday 31 December, 2016 were 11, 18, 40, 16, 4 and 31. The supplementary numbers were 17 and 38.

The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 225 so far this financial year, including 53 won by Golden Casket customers.

Gympie woman ‘giggly’ after winning Powerball’s $3 million prize pool!

A woman in her 40s from the regional town of Gympie was all glee and giggles when she discovered she’d scooped the $3 million division one prize pool in last night’s Powerball draw!

A woman in her 40s from the regional town of Gympie was all glee and giggles when she discovered she’d scooped the $3 million division one prize pool in last night’s Powerball draw!

The delighted woman had no idea she’d become a Powerball multi-millionaire until she received a phone call from Golden Casket this morning with the life-changing news.

“Holy crap! Wow! Oh my god, I don’t know what to say!” she exclaimed.

“That’s insane! Wooow! Bloody hell.

“I’m just going to giggle for the rest of the day now!”

Queensland’s newest multi-millionaire admitted she had been trying to save herself from extra expenses recently but now she could relax her budget.

“I’ll have to sit and have a real good think,” she laughed.

“I’ll pay off my mortgage first but there are definitely renovations that would be very cool to finally get done! I’ll be totally redoing my kitchen and bathroom. In fact I’ve often contemplated chipping off the bathroom tiles myself to save some money!

“Funnily enough I’ve actually been planning an overseas holiday and I’ve been trawling through all the booking sites for accommodation and experiences thinking it’s all too expensive but now I can make the rest of those arrangements without too much of a problem and in style too!” she laughed.

The compassionate winner also planned to donate to local charities she supports.

“I’ve always, always, always thought and said if I did ever win anything substantial I would love to give most of it to charity. I could never spend it all myself so the best thing will be being able to support some local charity groups,” she explained.

“I might be able to retire a little earlier - that would be kind of cool! And if I didn’t have to work as long, I would have time to volunteer!”

She won the entire $3 million prize pool in last night’s Powerball draw with a 4-game marked entry costing only $3.70.

“I chose my numbers so long ago, but they would have been special at the time! It’s a bit of a lottery as to whether I get a QuickPick or put on my saved games but recently I’ve been using those favourites! And I’m glad I did!” she laughed.

The happy woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased her winning ticket from Nextra Goldfields, Shop SP005 in the Goldfields Plaza, 71 Monkland Street in Gympie.

Michael Holmes is the owner of Nextra Goldfields and was over-the-moon that his outlet had now sold its first division one winning ticket in Powerball.

“It’s very exciting to know that one of our customers is now a multi-millionaire and can live the life that most of us will continue dreaming about!” he exclaimed.

“To have sold a multi-million dollar winning ticket for this store’s first division one win is incredible!

“We say a hearty congratulations to our winner and wish her every good fortune with her $3 million prize.”

Throughout Australia, it was the only entry that won first division in Powerball draw 1078 on Thursday 12 January, 2017.

The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1078 were 36, 11, 29, 4, 14 and 26, and the all-important Powerball number was 17.

 Powerball will offer a $3 million division one prize in Thursday’s draw.

Last night’s Powerball winner take the Lott’s division one winning tally to 224 so far this financial year, including 53 won by Golden Casket customers.

Could Friday 13th be your new lucky day?

Friday the 13th is considered by many to be an unlucky day. With the first of two black Friday’s this calendar year upon us, 2017 could be the year you consider ignoring the superstition and embracing the day. You may even want to try your ‘luck’ buying a lotto entry on Friday the 13th!

Friday the 13th is considered by many to be an unlucky day. With the first of two black Friday’s this calendar year upon us, 2017 could be the year you consider ignoring the superstition and embracing the day. You may even want to try your ‘luck’ buying a lotto entry on Friday the 13th!

Regardless if you fear or embrace the day, Friday the 13th traditionally sees a range of unusual superstitious beliefs come to light, and the issue of luck is one that keeps people talking.

Tatts Lotteries asked almost 6,000 Australian adults whether they had any superstitious lotto rituals such as buying from the same lottery outlet or playing with special or significant numbers.

The research, conducted by ReachTEL, revealed that 39.2% of total people surveyed would prefer to choose their own lucky numbers to play based on birthdays, anniversaries and other significant numbers, while the rest (60.8%) were happy to have their numbers randomly selected and computer generated such as a QuickPick entry or by marking a random pattern on the coupon (refer to table 1).

Women were much more likely to be sentimental than men when picking their favourite lotto numbers with 45.6% of women compared to 32.5% of men saying they’d use birthdays, anniversaries and significant numbers – perhaps that’s because men are often renowned for forgetting special dates!

Interestingly, many division one winners have told Tatts Group Lotteries over the years when checking draw results they immediately recognised their own significant numbers and knew they’d won right away!

The research also revealed around one third (32.1%) of Australian adults said they felt more optimistic about their chances of winning if they chose the numbers themselves, with Victorian and New South Wales respondents feeling more strongly about this than any other state surveyed (refer to table 2).

In terms of ‘lucky outlets’ and whether people believed where you buy your lottery ticket could enhance your chances of winning, only around a quarter of people believed it could make a difference (refer to table 3).

Tatts Group Lotteries spokesperson Elissa Lewis said that no matter what you believe in, this Black Friday was as good a day as any to buy an entry for your chance to win.

“With draws in Set for Life occurring every day of the year, this Friday the 13th is the first opportunity in 2017 for customers to embrace the day and purchase an entry into the Black Friday draw and have the chance to turn the tables on superstition and win the 1st Prize of $20,000 each and every month for the next 20 years,” Ms Lewis said.

“All Tatts Lotteries games are entertaining games of chance where all numbers are drawn randomly with an equal chance of being drawn. This however doesn’t stop some players from believing in certain routines for purchasing entries or habitually choosing certain numbers to play.

“We hear interesting stories all the time about luck and superstitions from our players, including dreams predicting of a win, fortune tellers foreseeing riches, and quirky ways of choosing numbers.

“While no one can summon the winning numbers on a crystal ball, you can still take the time to carefully consider how you choose what will hopefully become your life-changing numbers!

“At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter where you buy your ticket, and there’s no right or wrong way to choose your numbers; you just have to be in it to win it, so why not fun with it have!

If you want to purchase an entry into Set for Life’s Black Friday draw or buy a lotto entry on Friday the 13th, you can purchase an entry in-store or online at thelott.com.

Table 1

Q: Of the following, how would you choose your numbers for the lottery?
 

Total

Female

Male

Significant numbers such as birthdays or anniversaries

39.2%

45.6%

32.5%

At random

60.8%

54.4%

67.5%

  
Table 2
 
Q: If you purchase a lottery ticket, do you feel more optimistic about your chances of winning and if you choose the numbers yourself rather than a QuickPick?
 

Total

QLD

VIC

NSW

SA

I feel that I'm more likely to win if I choose the number myself

32.1%

29.3%

33.2%

33.4%

29.5%

It makes no difference to me how the numbers are chosen

67.9%

70.7%

66.8%

66.6%

70.5%

 
Table 3
 
Q: Do you think where you buy your lottery ticket increases your chances of winning?
 

Total

Female

Male

QLD

VIC

NSW

SA

Yes

22.1%

22.0%

22.3%

21.5%

21.1%

25.2%

21.8%

No

77.9%

78.0%

77.7%

78.5%

78.9%

74.8%

78.2%

 
This survey was conducted using an automated telephone based survey system among 5,964 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.

21 new Brisbane multi-millionaires share in $55 million Powerball prize pool!

A workplace syndicate of 21 Queensland Government employees are celebrating the staggering news that their 50-game QuickPick entry in last night’s $55 million Powerball draw has scooped the entire jackpot prize pool!

A workplace syndicate of 21 Queensland Government employees are celebrating the staggering news that their 50-game QuickPick entry in last night’s $55 million Powerball draw has scooped the entire jackpot prize pool!

The newly minted multi-millionaires will each pocket $2.6 million; an equal share of the $55 million division one prize pool!

The syndicate leader checked their entry at Casino News, 131 George Street, Brisbane this morning however wasn’t certain how much she and her colleagues had won, so she headed back to the office to manually check the ticket’s numbers online surrounded by some of her workmates and fellow syndicate members.

On seeing the winning numbers in one line of their 50 game QuickPick ticket the office exploded with a range of reactions! Some laughed, some cried and some were in utter disbelief.

The syndicate leader, a young woman, said she was prompted to set up the syndicate after seeing the big jackpot on offer.

“We were talking in the office yesterday about what we would do if we won and now it has happened – I just can’t believe it,” the syndicate leader cried as her phone continued to ring, buzz and beep with messages from her colleagues.

“Yesterday while we were talking about what we would do if we won, one of the syndicate members very boldly said that we were going to win and now we have!

“I don’t know what to say! I’m so shocked – it all seems so unreal! Wow – now I’ll be able to buy a house and get my teeth fixed – I’ll be able to afford braces!”

As the syndicate leader’s phone rang again she once again tried to convince a colleague it wasn’t a joke.

“I’m not kidding you! I sitting here looking at the ticket – we’ve each won $2.6 million!” she announced to her work buddy on the phone.

“Oh you can’t believe what this will mean to everyone! People’s ages range from 23 to 60 so it’s going to mean something different to everyone.

“For some they may retire, others will clear debts and pay off mortgages and others have told me they will help their family. I’m sure there will be a few holidays as well.”

As she shed more tears of joy the syndicate leader declared this wasn’t what she had anticipated her Friday would include. “

I just went to work this morning like normal and now this has happened – it’s just incredible – we’re multi-millionaires!” she declared.

“We’re all quite practical but we will be celebrating this win together!”

The winning syndicate of office workers, who wish to remain anonymous, won the entire $55 million jackpot prize with a 50-game QuickPick entry purchased at Casino News, 131 George Street, Brisbane.

Cindy Lynch is the manager of Casino News and was delighted to have sold the only winning entry in last night’s $55 million Powerball draw.

“Oh my god! I’ve just got goose bumps!” Ms Lynch shared when informed by Golden Casket of the news.

“I wish it was me but this is still so exciting!” she laughed.

“This is the third division one entry our store has sold but this is by far the biggest!

“And to have changed not one life, but 21 lives is just fantastic! I have goose bumps just thinking about it.

“I’m so thrilled to have been a part in this life-changing event! I wish the 21 winners all the best and hope they enjoy their windfall.”

Tatts Group Lotteries spokesperson Elissa Lewis said the $55 Powerball win is the second largest win on a single ticket in Queensland’s Powerball history!

The standing record for the largest Powerball win claimed by a single entry in Australia was set in January 2016 when one ticket purchased in Hervey Bay won $70 million in Powerball draw 1025.

“It’s great to discover the entry was shared between work mates, because today Queensland has 21 new multi-millionaires,” Ms Lewis said.

“The elation and disbelief of the newest Powerball winners is contagious and today is a day they will never forget!”

The numbers drawn tonight in Powerball draw 1077 on Thursday 5 January, 2017 were 36, 8, 23, 39, 31 and 6 and the Powerball was number 15.

Powerball will offer a $3 million division one prize in next week’s draw.