Winners Stories

Queensland woman lands $2.77 million after winning Wednesday Gold Lotto division one four times!

A hardworking woman from the Caboolture region has been left stunned after last night winning division one four times on a single Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto entry, giving her a total prize of more than $2.77 million.
A hardworking woman from the Caboolture region has been left stunned after last night winning division one four times on a single Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto entry, giving her a total prize of more than $2.77 million.
 
Last night’s multi-million dollar windfall capped off a winning week for the woman, who on Monday won $17,000 in a lower divisional prizes in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto.
 
The woman’s extraordinary winning entry for last night’s draw, purchased online at thelott.com, consisted of four marked System 12 games of identical numbers. 
 
Apart from winning division one four times – once for each marked game on her entry – she also won division 3 144 times and division 4 900 times.   In total, her system entry won 1048 times across all divisions!
 
She was one of three division one winners nationally in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3661 on Wednesday 17 May 2017. Two winners were from Queensland, while the other winner was from New South Wales.
 
Speaking to a Golden Casket official this morning to confirm her win, the ecstatic woman admitted she felt she had been on a lucky roll in recent weeks.
 
“I’ve been waiting to hear from someone from Golden Casket all my life!” she exclaimed.
 
“It’s just unreal!  I’ve had two wins in the past few weeks and now last night I won $2.77 million.  It’s crazy!
 
“It’s like you get your lucky time in your life and it all happens.  That’s how it feels to me.
 
“It’s been a bit of a roll of wins lately.  I thought my luck may have run out but it’s just got better.  This is the icing on top of the cake!” 
 
Explaining her unique entry, the woman said she had simply wondered whether it was possible to win division one four times on a single ticket by having four games of identical numbers.
 
With the win still sinking in, the winner hinted it could expedite her retirement plans.  She is also looking forward to not having to worry about money and playing a few games of golf.
 
“All we want to do is play golf a couple of times a week and kick back,” she said.
 
“We’ve worked hard our whole lives.  It’s time to put the boots down.  It’s just amazing.
 
“It’s just unreal!  This is more than I can even get my head around.
 
“I could not sleep last night!  This means we don’t have to worry about paying bills and we can help our family out.  It’s just beautiful!” 
 
It’s the second time in three weeks a Caboolture entry has won division one.  A Caboolture couple won $792,331.85 with their entry in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3733 on 29 April 2017.
 
The six winning numbers in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3661 on Wednesday 17 May 2017 were 30, 5, 25, 11, 27 and 18.  The supplementary numbers were 21 and 19.
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 365 so far this financial year, including 89 won by Golden Casket customers.

Ormeau man feeling cruisey with Wednesday Gold Lotto win!

A hardworking Ormeau man is planning a celebratory cruise with his wife after winning division one in last night’s Monday & Wednesday Lotto draw.
A hardworking Ormeau man is planning a celebratory cruise with his wife after winning division one in last night’s Monday & Wednesday Lotto draw.
 
The man realised he had won the division one prize of $666,734.67 when he checked his entry last night before going to bed, and woke up his wife to break the happy news.
 
The man’s winning entry for last night’s draw, purchased online at thelott.com, consisted of marked 10-game entry. 
 
Speaking to a Golden Casket official this morning to confirm his win, the happy man confessed he was still stunned by the win.
 
“We’re still in shock a bit here!” he said.
 
“I always check my entry before I go to bed.  I couldn’t really believe it.  I got a little bit of sleep last night!
 
“My wife was asleep so I had to wake her up and tell her.  But she didn’t mind!”
 
The Ormeau winner was one of three division one winners nationally in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3661 on Wednesday 17 May 2017. Two winners were from Queensland, while the other winner was from New South Wales.
 
With the win still sinking in, the man confessed he hadn’t decided what he would do with his windfall, but said an overseas holiday was on the cards.
 
“This win makes a big different to us at the moment.  It has come at a good time for us,” he said.
 
“We’d been thinking about doing a cruise at some stage before this win happened, but maybe it will happen a bit sooner now.
 
“We were thinking of a Pacific island cruise, but we might look a bit further now!”
 
The six winning numbers in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3661 on Wednesday 17 May 2017 were 30, 5, 25, 11, 27 and 18.  The supplementary numbers were 21 and 19.
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 365 so far this financial year, including 89 won by Golden Casket customers.

Hardworking Bayside dad wins Saturday Gold Lotto division one... again!

A hardworking dad from Brisbane’s bayside is looking forward to upgrading his house and car, and spending more time with his young family after winning more than $2.625 million in Saturday Gold Lotto!
A hardworking dad from Brisbane’s bayside is looking forward to upgrading his house and car, and spending more time with his young family after winning more than $2.625 million in Saturday Gold Lotto!
 
The happy winner confessed it was his second division one Gold Lotto win, having won a smaller top prize almost two decades ago.
 
His entry was one of eight division one winners nationally, but the only Queensland winner, in Saturday’s $21 Million Superdaw, draw 3737 on 13 May 2017.  Each won a division one prize of $2,625,000.
 
Speaking to a Golden Casket official this morning to confirm his prize, the man admitted he couldn’t believe his luck at winning division one in Gold Lotto twice.
 
“Thank you very much!  That’s sensational!  I do enjoy these phone calls!” he exclaimed.
 
“I happened to check my ticket yesterday morning and I couldn’t believe it.  I had to get my wife to check it.  I said ‘this doesn’t look right, there’s something not right here’.
 
“I’ve won division one before.  It was many years ago and I shared it with about 11 other winners on a Saturday so the prize was quite a lot less than this one! 
 
“But the odds of winning division one twice would be pretty slim I wouldn’t have thought!”
 
The man couldn’t pinpoint what his secret to division one success was, but he said the win had come at a “perfect” time for his family.
 
“I did try my magic numbers for a few years and didn’t win, so I just went with QuickPicks and that’s done the trick both times now,” he explained.
 
“This couldn’t have worked out at a better time.  It’s been a bit of tough year for my family but this will sort us out for a quite a while now.  It’s sensational.
 
“We’ll be upgrading the house and the car for the family and I’ll be able to spend more time with my family.”
 
The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his winning 36-game QuickPick entry online via the Lott – Australia’s official lotteries.
 
The six winning numbers in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3737 on Saturday 13 May 2017 were 21, 1, 40, 30, 16 and 35.  The supplementary numbers were 7 and 2.
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 361 so far this financial year, including 87 won by Golden Casket customers.

$50 million Powerball prize changes it all for one battling Western Sydney family man

A battling Western Sydney family man is happily contemplating a brighter future for him, his family and his community after receiving the life-changing phone call on Thursday night that he was the sole winner of Powerball’s $50 million division one prize pool.
A battling Western Sydney family man is happily contemplating a brighter future for him, his family and his community after receiving the life-changing phone call on Thursday night that he was the sole winner of Powerball’s $50 million division one prize pool.
 
The ecstatic man, aged in his 30s, was the only division one winner in Australia for Powerball draw 1095 drawn on Thursday 11 May 2017.  He was also the first New South Wales Powerball winner this year.
 
Surrounded by his family, the unsuspecting winner received official confirmation of his out-of-this-world windfall by a NSW Lotteries official just minutes after this evening’s draw was held.
 
“No! No! No!  Don’t tell me that!!!  Are you serious man?!  I’ll probably faint,” the winner exclaimed.
 
“Hold on.  Let me take a deep breath please.
 
“There was only one winner and it’s me?  Is that what you’re saying?  Oh my God, I can’t believe it.
 
“I don’t know what to do.  What should I do now?  Should I call my mum?  Should I hug my wife?  What do I do?”
 
The man explained that he had been unemployed since the end of last year and that he and his wife had just been contemplating what their struggling family would do next before NSW Lotteries called.
 
“We were just sitting discussing what to do with our lives next - what to do with our future!  It’s just a blessing I would say.
 
“It’s life changing!  I don’t even know how many zeros are in $50 million!”
 
With his wife crying happy tears in the background, the winner shared his initial thoughts on what he would do with his $50 million prize.
 
“I’ll share it with family and friends – if I’m winning, I want everybody along with me to win,” he said.
 
“I genuinely want to help people – so some sort of charity.
 
“I want to open a restaurant – that’s my passion – and give 50% of the food away for free to people who need it.  I don’t need profits, but there are homeless, students who are struggling, and people in need.”
 
The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his 24-game QuickPick entry online at thelott.com – Australia’s official online lotteries.
 
The winning numbers in Powerball’s $50 million draw 1095 on Thursday 11 May 2017 were 26, 36, 10, 23, 19 and 21, and the all-important Powerball number was 10.
 
Throughout Australia, it was the only entry that won first division in Powerball draw 1095 on Thursday 11 May 2017.
 
Along with the out-of-this-world $50 million jackpot prize, more than 868,000 prizes were won across Australia in division two to eight, sharing a total prize pool of more than $18.9 million.
 
There were 16 division two winners across Australia who each won $64,226.50 with five sold in Victoria, five sold in New South Wales, three sold in Queensland and three sold in Western Australia.
 
Powerball will offer a $3 million division one prize in next week’s draw.
 
Tonight’s Powerball winner takes the Lott’s division one winning tally to 354 to date this financial year, including 99 won by NSW Lotteries customers.

Mango Hill mum enjoys beachside holiday with $50,000 Instant Scratch-Its win!

A busy mum from the Mango Hill region has celebrated winning $50,000 on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket with a well-earned beachside getaway with her husband.
A busy mum from the Mango Hill region has celebrated winning $50,000 on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket with a well-earned beachside getaway with her husband.
 
The happy winner confessed she was left stunned after scratching one of the top prizes of $50,000 on a $4 Instant Scratch-Its ticket she had bought from TSG Mango Hill, Mango Hill Marketplace, Cnr Anzac Avenue and Halpine Drive, Mango Hill.
 
Speaking to a Golden Casket official, the mum explained she enjoyed playing Instant Scratch-Its whenever she could find a quiet moment to herself in her busy household.
 
“When I scratched the winning ticket, my child was asleep and I was scratching away.  I think I woke her up I was so excited!” she said.
 
“My God my heart was racing when I scratched it.  I had to read it over and over again to make sure I had won.
 
“It was unbelievable!  It was a godsend!”
 
The overjoyed woman used her $50,000 windfall to clear some household debts and treat herself and her husband to their first holiday without the children.
 
“My husband and I don’t get time off from the children but using this we went on a four-night beachside getaway.  It was so much fun!”
 
“It’s just helped out heaps!”
 
The top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its was purchased at TSG Mango Hill, Mango Hill Marketplace, Cnr Anzac Avenue and Halpine Drive.
 
TSG Mango Hill owner Jay Kumar said the outlet was celebrating selling a top prize winning ticket.
 
“Congratulations to the winner!  It’s great that one of our regular customers won the prize!” he exclaimed.
 
“We’ve sold a few big prizes on Instant Scratch-Its and hopefully some more wins will roll this way!”
 
It can happen in an instant.  It could happen to you.

"Hot" and "Cold" Powerball numbers revealed as Aussies anticipate tomorrow's $50 million jackpot

With Australians clamouring to secure their entry in tomorrow night’s $50 million Powerball draw, research has revealed the numbers most frequently and infrequently drawn during the past 12 months.

With Australians clamouring to secure their entry in tomorrow night’s $50 million Powerball draw, research has revealed the numbers most frequently and infrequently drawn during the past 12 months.
 
Thursday’s $50 million Powerball jackpot is the second highest Australian prize pool offered this year, only beaten by the $55 million Powerball draw held on 5 January this year, which was won by a syndicate of 21 Queensland Government workers.
 
While Powerball is a random game of chance and every number has an equal chance of being drawn, however the draw history shows the “hot” and “cold” numbers drawn during the past year’s 52 draws.
 
For the main barrel, where six winning numbers are drawn from 40 the hot numbers are:

31   36   8   22   13   24   26
   
The “hot” number is 31, which has been drawn 14 times, or once in every four draws, while 36 has been featured 13 times (see Table 1). 
 
The numbers 8 and 22 have each been selected 12 times, while 13, 24 and 26 have each been drawn 11 times.
 
The “cold” numbers are 2, 15, 21 and 27, having each only been picked out of the barrel four times.

2   15   21   27 
 
For the all-important Powerball number, a single number between one and 20 drawn from a separate barrel the hot numbers are:

5   11   2   3   18

The “hot” Powerball numbers are 5 and 11, having been selected five times, while 2, 3 and 18 were drawn four times (see Table 2).
 
While the cold numbers are 1, 4, 10, 14 and 16, having only been the Powerball number on one occasion during the past 12 months.

1   4   10   14   16
 
Australia’s Official Lotteries - the Lott spokesperson Matt Hart said now that the “hot” and “cold” numbers of the past year had been revealed, Powerball players now needed to decide if this might impact their entry in tomorrow night’s draw.
 
“The big question is – do you choose hot numbers in the hope that they live up to their reputation of being most frequently drawn, or do you opt for the cold numbers believing they’re now more likely to be drawn,” he said.
 
“Either way, we expect a surge of entries tomorrow as Australians line up for their chance to win a share of $50 million – the year’s second largest jackpot.
 
“So that you don’t miss out on your chance to win a life changing prize, be sure to grab an entry early and register it to a player’s card. Not only does registration ensure your prize is secure, it also ensures you receive that life-changing phone call with the amazing news of a first division win.
 
“Imagine how your life could change if you won a share of $50 million!”    
 
Celebrating its 21st anniversary, Powerball has given away almost $3.5 billion in division one prize money to more than 370 winners.
 
Powerball has jackpotted to an out-of-this-world $50 million for this Thursday’s draw.  Tickets can be purchased at any the Lott outlet or online from theLott.com.

Table 1Frequency of each number drawn from the main barrel during the 52 Powerball draws held during the 12 months to 9 May 2017

Number

Frequency

1

5

2

4

3

6

4

9

5

10

6

7

7

8

8

12

9

8

10

8

11

5

12

8

13

11

14

6

15

4

16

7

17

9

18

5

19

7

20

5

21

4

22

12

23

10

24

11

25

9

26

11

27

4

28

5

29

9

30

9

31

14

32

7

33

7

34

8

35

6

36

13

37

7

38

7

39

5

40

10

 
 
Table 2Frequency of each Powerball number during the 52 Powerball draws held during the 12 months to 9 May 2017
 

Powerball Number

Frequency

1

1

2

4

3

4

4

1

5

5

6

3

7

2

8

3

9

2

10

1

11

5

12

3

13

2

14

1

15

3

16

1

17

3

18

4

19

2

20

2