Winners Stories

Gladstone region couple dance in celebration of million-dollar Saturday Gold Lotto windfall!

Two days after the winning numbers were drawn, a Gladstone region couple has broken into a celebratory dance after discovering they won division one in the weekend’s Saturday Gold Lotto.
Two days after the winning numbers were drawn, a Gladstone region couple has broken into a celebratory dance after discovering they won division one in the weekend’s Saturday Gold Lotto.
 
The Central Queensland entry was one of four division one winning entries across Australia in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3775 on Saturday 23 September 2017.  Each took home a division one prize of $1,009,035.64.
 
Speaking to a Golden Casket official this morning to confirm the win, the jubilant man described the moment late last night when he and his wife decided to check their entry.
 
“I’d seen some Facebook posts yesterday saying that Boyne Island Newsagency had got a division one but didn’t think anything of it,” he said.
 
“I went to bed last night and was just going through my phone and said to my wife ‘you know they still haven’t found that person who won’.
 
“We never check our tickets, we just check them the next time we get an entry.  So my wife asked if I wanted to check the numbers.
 
“I got the numbers for her and all of sudden she shouts ‘Come here! Come here’.
 
“Bugger me dead if it wasn’t all the numbers!”
 
“Mate we were dancing.  I haven’t danced with my wife since our wedding night!” he laughed.
 
The thrilled couple admitted they enjoyed a sleepless night contemplating their new millionaire status. 
 
“It’s life changing isn’t it!” he said.
 
“It’s going to help the family out!  We’ll share it with our family.”
 
The winners, who wish to remain anonymous, purchased their 50-game QuickPick at Boyne Island Newsagency, Shop 3, Boyne Island Plaza, Centenary Drive, Boyne Island.
 
Boyne Island Newsagency owner Peggy Wood said she was thrilled the couple had been united with their prize.
 
“I bet they are pleased!” she laughed. 
 
“Everybody’s been coming in and asking about it.  It’s only a small area so word gets around.
 
“Having a division one land here creates a good atmosphere.  Everyone’s happy and jovial.
 
“We look forward to selling another division one winning entry to our customers.”
 
The winning numbers in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3775 on Saturday 23 September 2017 were 44, 6, 40, 45, 13 and 8. The supplementary numbers were 16 and 2.
 
Across Australia there were four division one winning entries in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3775 – one each from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania.
 
Last financial year, there were 275 division one winning Saturday Gold Lotto entries across the Lott’s jurisdictions, which collectively won more than $283 million.
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 315 so far this calendar year, including 84 won by Golden Casket customers.

No joke, you're now a millionaire! Pittsworth region woman in disbelief at Wednesday Gold Lotto win

A hardworking woman from the Pittsworth region has confessed she initially thought her Gold Lotto win was a practical joke, but she now has more than a million reasons to laugh.
A hardworking woman from the Pittsworth region has confessed she initially thought her Gold Lotto win was a practical joke, but she now has more than a million reasons to laugh.
 
More than four days after the winning numbers were drawn, a Golden Casket official this morning confirmed the woman was the mystery Pittsworth winner they had been searching for since last week.
 
The woman held one of the two division one winning entries across Australia in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3697 on Wednesday 20 September 2017.  Each won the guaranteed division one prize of $1 million.
 
The winning woman described the moment she realised she held a million-dollar winning ticket.
 
“We didn’t see the newspaper or news or anything. Of course everyone in town was talking about it, but we just didn’t know,” she laughed.
 
“But when I looked at my ticket I saw every number.  I thought ‘no, no, that can’t be right’.
 
“You know how sometimes you feel you’re missing the punchline to the joke or someone would jump out and say ‘gotcha’?  It was like that.
 
“When we realised we really had won, my husband and I stood there just pinching each other. We’re still in shock!”
 
The woman explained she didn’t usually buy an entry in Wednesday Gold Lotto, preferring to enter Saturday and Monday’s Gold Lotto draws.
 
“But for some reason that day I turned around in the newsagency and said ‘give me a Wednesday one as well – just a QuickPick’,” she said.
 
But don’t expect to see flashy new cars lining this winner’s driveway, the woman declared she would be thinking long and hard about how to best use her Gold Lotto windfall.
 
“Life is about to change, but I’m very sensible with money,” she said.
 
“We’re going to invest it and make sure this money works for us for the rest of our lives.
 
“It will allow us to do everything we’ve been trying to do anyway. It means we don’t have to work as hard.  We don’t have to stress about the mortgage and all those sorts of things.
 
“This is our chance to make it work for us.”
 
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased her 12-game QuickPick entry from Pittsworth Newsagency, 57 Yandilla Street, Pittsworth. 
 
Pittsworth Newsagency manager Debbie Markey said she was thrilled the winner had been united with their prize.
 
“It’s been a hectic few days.  Everyone has been coming in hoping it was them,” she said.
 
“We’ve sold other division one winning entries in the past, but this is the first million-dollar one. It’s been an exciting time and had everyone talking.
 
“Congratulations to the winner!  We can’t wait to sell another division one winning ticket!”
 
The winning numbers in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3697 on Wednesday 20 September 2017 were 17, 13, 5, 24, 37 and 26. The supplementary numbers were 28 and 40.
 
Across Australia there were two division one winning entries in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3697 – one from Queensland and one from South Australia.
 
Last financial year, there were 82 division one winning Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto entries across the Lott’s jurisdictions, which collectively won more than $80 million.
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 315 so far this calendar year, including 84 won by Golden Casket customers.

Ring, ring, ring! Check your tickets Central Queensland, someone's now a millionaire!

Someone in Central Queensland is now a millionaire after winning the division one prize in Saturday Gold Lotto – could it be you?

Someone in Central Queensland is now a millionaire after winning the division one prize in Saturday Gold Lotto – could it be you?
 
Golden Casket is yet to hear the winning scream of delight from the Saturday Gold Lotto player who purchased their entry at Boyne Island Newsagency, Shop 3, Boyne Island Plaza, Centenary Drive, Boyne Island.
 
The division one winning ticket is registered to a Winners Circle card, however despite numerous attempts to contact the winner, Golden Casket officials have been unable to deliver the dream-come-true news, so they could be completely unaware they are now a millionaire.
 
The Central Queensland entry was one of four division one winning entries across Australia in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3775 on Saturday 23 September 2017.  Each took home a division one prize of $1,009,035.64.
 
While Golden Casket will continue trying to deliver the life-changing news, residents and visitors in the Gladstone region are urged to check their Saturday Gold Lotto tickets as soon as possible.
 
Golden Casket spokesperson Matt Hart said she was eager to confirm the division one news with Central Queensland’s newest millionaire and urged all Gold Lotto players to check their tickets as soon as possible.
 
“Our winner could be completely unaware that Golden Casket is trying to contact them with the dream come true news. I’m sure they’d love to discover they are now a millionaire!” he exclaimed.
 
“You may not think it’s possible that you could be the registered division one winner we’re unable to contact, but if you purchased a registered entry in the Saturday Gold Lotto draw that you haven’t checked yet, you’re in with a chance!
 
“We’re urging all players to check their entries as soon as possible and if you discover you are holding the registered division one winning ticket to contact SA Lotteries on 131 868 to begin the process of claiming your prize.”
 
The winning numbers in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3775 on Saturday 23 September 2017 were 44, 6, 40, 45, 13 and 8. The supplementary numbers were 16 and 2.
 
Across Australia there were four division one winning entries in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3775 – one each from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania.
 
Last financial year, there were 275 division one winning Saturday Gold Lotto entries across the Lott’s jurisdictions, which collectively won more than $283 million.
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 315 so far this calendar year, including 84 won by Golden Casket customers.

$100,000 Instant Scratch-Its win unlocks door to new home for Everton Park mum

A busy Everton Park mum is happily shopping for the first family home after last week revealing one of the top prizes of $100,000 on a $5 Instant Scratch-Its ticket.

A busy Everton Park mum is happily shopping for the first family home after last week revealing one of the top prizes of $100,000 on a $5 Instant Scratch-Its ticket.
 
The winning woman confessed she had been in the middle of a frantic day when she scratched her ticket from The Lucky Charm Everton Park, Shop 19, North West Plaza Shopping Centre, Everton Park.
 
“You know when you’re a parent and a bit tired? So I scratched my ticket and I was like ‘Am I misreading this? Am I seeing things?’,” she laughed.
 
“I scratched it at home and screamed to my husband ‘Come and check this, I think I’ve won!’.
 
“I was in shock and it still hasn’t really sunk in yet. It’s crazy enough with kids as it is so I haven’t really processed this.”
 
The thrilled winner is looking forward to using the Instant Scratch-Its windfall as the deposit for her family’s first home.
 
“Buying our own home is something we’ve been saving up to do but this means we can get there quicker.  It’s come at just the right time for our growing family,” she said.
 
“I guess I’m pretty lucky – the first time I bought an Instant Scratch-Its was last year so I’m doing pretty well.  I only buy them sometimes too so I guess I’m really, really lucky!”
 
The Lucky Charm Everton Park store manager Ryan Marsh said he was thrilled the outlet had sold its first top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its.
 
“We opened in 2015 but this is the first top prize for us!” he said.
 
“It feels great to have sold it and strange to think I had been standing near a $100,000 winning ticket all this time.
 
“I can’t wait to share the win with our customers – they’ll be thrilled to know a big win has landed in the area.”
 
Last financial year, there were 144 Instant Scratch-Its top prize winners across the Lott’s jurisdictions who collectively took home more than $12 million.
 
It can happen in an instant. It could happen to you.

Pittsworth's one million dollars still unclaimed almost 48 hours after the draw

One Pittsworth shopper’s wallet or purse could be overflowing with one million dollars this weekend, but the mystery winner has yet to discover their win and claim their prize.
One Pittsworth shopper’s wallet or purse could be overflowing with one million dollars this weekend, but the mystery winner has yet to discover their win and claim their prize.
 
Almost 48 hours since the winning numbers were drawn, Golden Casket officials have yet to hear euphoric screams from the newly-minted millionaire who purchased their entry from Pittsworth Newsagency, 57 Yandilla Street, Pittsworth.
 
As the entry was not registered to a Winners Circle card, Golden Casket has no way to contact the winner and is eagerly waiting for the winner to check their entry.
 
Pittsworth Newsagency manager Debbie Markey said there had been no shortage of locals coming to the store to check their entries.
 
“We’ve sold other division one winning entries in the past, but this is the first million-dollar one,” she said.
 
“It’s exciting!  The news is all over town!  Hopefully with everyone checking their entries our mystery winner will learn about their prize soon!”
 
The Queensland winner held one of the two division one winning entries across Australia in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3697 on Wednesday 20 September 2017.  Each won the guaranteed division one prize of $1 million.
 
 
Golden Casket spokesperson Matt Hart said it was not unusual for some unregistered division one winners to take a few days to discover their prize.
 
“Some customers tell us they have a routine of only checking their old Gold Lotto tickets when they next pop into an outlet to buy next week’s entry,” he said.
 
“We’re in the business of uniting winners with their prize money and thankfully most unregistered winners come forward within seven days of the draw.
 
“Anyone would agree, if you won $1 million you’d want to know about it, which is why we strongly recommend registering your Gold Lotto entries to a Winners Circle card.  That way we can call you with the life-changing news!”
 
The winning ticketholder is urged to contact Golden Casket as soon as possible on 131 868 to begin the prize claim process.
 
“Our contact centre is open across the weekend so if the unsuspecting Pittsworth winner checks their ticket during this time they can still make contact with us,” he said.
 
The winning numbers in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3697 on Wednesday 20 September 2017 were 17, 13, 5, 24, 37 and 26. The supplementary numbers were 28 and 40.
 
Across Australia there were two division one winning entries in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3697 – one from Queensland and one from South Australia.
 
Last financial year, there were 82 division one winning Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto entries across the Lott’s jurisdictions, which collectively won more than $80 million.
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 311 so far this calendar year, including 83 won by Golden Casket customers.

Powerball's $50 million payday for New South Wales and Victorian players

Two Australians have this morning awoken as the nation’s newest multi-millionaires after sharing last night’s out-of-this-world $50 million Powerball jackpot.
Two Australians have this morning awoken as the nation’s newest multi-millionaires after sharing last night’s out-of-this-world $50 million Powerball jackpot.
 
There were only two division one winning entries across Australia in last night’s Powerball draw, draw 1114 on Thursday 21 September 2017.  Each received a division one prize of $25 million.
 
One winning entry was held by a Keilor East grandmother who purchased her entry at Milleara Mall Lotto, Shop 42A, Milleara Shopping Centre, Cnr Milleara Road and Buckley Street, Keilor East.
 
The other was an unregistered New South Wales customer who purchased their entry at Nambucca Heads Newsagency, 26 Bowra Street, Nambucca Heads.
 
While the Lott officials have delivered the dream-come-true news to the Victorian winner, they are eagerly waiting to hear from the New South Wales winner.
 
As the Nambucca Heads entry was not registered to a NSW Lotteries Players Club card, officials have no way to contact the winner.
 
The winning ticketholder is urged to contact the Lott as soon as possible on 131 868 to begin the prize claim process.
 
Australia’s Official Lotteries - the Lott spokesperson Matt Hart said last night’s Powerball jackpot was one of the most hotly anticipated draws of the year.
 
“Last night’s Powerball jackpot was the equal second-largest jackpot offered to date this year and yesterday outlets across the country reported brisk Powerball trade right up until the draw close,” he said.
“Today we look forward to breaking the winning news to our two new multi-millionaires!
 
“Most importantly, if you bought an entry in last night’s Powerball draw in Nambucca Heads in New South Wales, there are 25 million reasons why it would pay for you to immediately check your entry.
 
“Imagine winning $25 million, but not knowing it!  I suspect your weekend plans will change dramatically once you hear the news!”
 
The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1114 on Thursday 21 September 2017 were 26, 17, 2, 10, 25 and 23, while the all-important Powerball number was 5.
 
Across Australia there were only two division one winning entries in Powerball draw 1114, one from New South Wales and one from Victoria.
 
Last financial year, 18 Powerball division one winning entries across the Lott’s jurisdictions won more than $273 million.  During this time, the biggest individual division one Powerball prize was won by a syndicate of Queensland Government workers who took home $55 million.
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 311 so far this calendar year.