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Are you living in a lottery hotspot? NSW pockets most in 2016 Lotto prize money!

Australia’s 2016 Lotto hotspots have shown that NSW Lotteries players have pocketed more in division one prize money than anywhere else in the country!

Australia’s 2016 Lotto hotspots have shown that NSW Lotteries players have pocketed more in division one prize money than anywhere else in the country!

During the past 12 months, between 1 December 2015 and 30 November 2016, New South Wales lottery players have enjoyed the spoils of more than $268.3 million in division one prize money which was shared by 117 winning ticket holders.

Whilst Victoria may have sold 39 more division one winning entries in 2016 with 156 won in the garden state, there’s no denying that sometimes quality is better than quantity – with New South Wales players scoring an extra $23.6 million in prize money than Victoria ($244.6 million in prize money).

As for the New South Wales postcodes that have produced the most division one winners in the past 12 months, metropolitan Sydney siders have been in luck.

Lottery players who purchased their tickets in the postcode of 2000 for the Sydney CBD have proved to be the most fortunate in 2016, topping the New South Wales hotspots list for having sold the most division one winning tickets in 2016.

The Sydney CBD sold six division one winning entries within the 12 month period totalling more than $35.8 million in division one prize money. $30 million of that prize money was won by one store-syndicate of 10 players in Powerball over Easter this year, who each won a share worth more than $3 million!

Hot on the CBD’s heels, selling five division one winning entries was the postcode 2486 for Tweed Heads South & Banora Point which scored more than $6.6 million in division one prize money. Three of those entries were sold from the very same outlet – Tweed City News!

In third place, was the postcode 2761 for Plumpton in the Great Western Sydney region which sold three division one winning entries totalling more than $3.7 million, all sold from Plumpton Marketplace Newsagency!

Casting the net a little wider if you take a look at New South Wales’ hotspot regions for 2016, it reveals that the Hunter & Central Coast region has claimed the top honours, with 21 division one prizes sold in the area in the past 12 months winning more than $27.7 million in division one prize money.

Not far behind was the Western Sydney & Blue Mountains with 18 wins totalling more than $19.3 million, followed by the Southern & South Western Sydney region with 17 wins totalling more than $53.2 million!

 $40 million of New South Wales’ division one prize money was won by one ticket purchased from The Mall Newsagency in Campbelltown.

The runner up for the biggest prize in the state was a $30 million Oz Lotto prize that was won in February with an entry purchased online.

NSW Lotteries spokesperson Elissa Lewis said that the past 12 months had proven to be another winning year for lottery players around the state with many memorable tales of winners from 2016.

“Reflecting back on the year, there’s certainly a number of division one winning stories from 2016 that have really resonated with people,” Ms Lewis explained.

“New South Wales Lotteries waited two long weeks to speak with a man from an idyllic coastal town in northern New South Wales finally logged on to his thelott.com account and realised he won $30 million in Oz Lotto in February.

“In May, a Grafton family won 1st Prize in Set for Life and said they would spend the next twenty years flicking through travel brochures to choose their next holiday destination.

“In July, a Parkes grandmother was bewildered by her Lucky Lotteries Super jackpot windfall of $8.8 million!

“A Sydney man in his 30s who is an avid skier planned to carve it up on the best slopes around the world after winning 1st Prize in Set for Life in August.

“Powerball lightning also struck in August with a $10 million prize won in New South Wales’ Bogan Shire! The winning woman was watching the draw on television when her numbers came up!”

Ms Lewis said that although New South Wales had more division one prize money than any other state in 2016, it does not mean that a ticket purchased in that state has more chance of winning a division one windfall than any other ticket. “

It’s exciting to reveal where the most lotto wins occur, but it’s important to remember that lottery games are entertaining games of chance and every number on your ticket has an equal chance of being drawn, no matter where you buy your ticket,” Ms Lewis said.

The highly anticipated release of Australia’s 2016 Lotto Hotspots comes as the countdown begins to the $31 Million NYE Megadraw on 31 December 2016! Imagine what you could add to your New Year’s Resolution List if you became a midnight millionaire!

NSW Lotteries is expecting a lot of interest in the $31 Million NYE Megadraw, so customers are advised to get in early and purchase their entry for the chance to start 2016 with a bang and a chance to share in the massive $31 million division one prize pool.

NSW Lotteries customers are encouraged to register their entries to a Players Club card. Not only does registration ensure their prize is secure, it also ensures they can be contacted directly with news of a division one win.

NATIONAL – TOP LOTTO STATES

Top three Lotto states ranked by most frequent division one wins across all lotto games

Rank

State

Prizes Won

Total Prizes

1

Victoria

156

$244,655,148.97

2

New South Wales

117

$268,339,795.95

3

Queensland

99

$201,719,586.42









NEW SOUTH WALES

Top 3 biggest division one prizes across all lotto games – New South Wales

Rank

Game

Draw No

Draw Date

Selling Outlet

Suburb

Postcode

Division One Prize

1

Powerball

1042

5/05/2016

The Mall Newsagency

Campbelltown

2560

$40,000,000.00

2

Oz Lotto

1146

2/02/2016

Online

Online

ONLINE

$30,000,000.00

3

Powerball

1036

24/03/2016

World Square Newsagency

Sydney

2000

$30,000,000.00

2016 LOTTO HOTSPOT POSTCODES

Top 3 postcodes with the most frequent division one prizes won across all games – New South Wales

Rank

Postcode

Location

Frequency

Total Prize Amount

Biggest Prize Amount

1

2000

Sydney CBD

6

$35,821,454.85

$30,000,000.00

2

2486

Tweed Heads South & Banora Point

5

$6,698,298.13

$2,000,000.00

3

2761

Plumpton

3

$3,779,016.96

$1,866,332.80

Top 10 postcodes with the highest total division one prize amount across all games – NSW

Rank

Postcode

Location

Frequency

Total Prize Amount

Biggest Prize Amount

1

2560

Campbelltown

1

$40,000,000.00

$40,000,000.00

2

2000

Sydney CBD

6

$35,821,454.85

$30,000,000.00

3

2825

Nyngan

1

$10,000,000.00

$10,000,000.00

4

2870

Parkes

1

$8,820,000.00

$8,820,000.00

5

2486

Tweed Heads South & Banora Point

5

$6,698,298.13

$2,000,000.00

6

2305

New Lambton Heights

1

$5,000,000.00

$5,000,000.00

7

2761

Plumpton

3

$3,779,016.96

$1,866,332.80

8

2428

Tuncurry

2

$3,000,000.00

$2,000,000.00

9

2540

Vincentia

1

$3,000,000.00

$3,000,000.00

10*

2165

Fairfield & Fairfield West

2

$2,909,090.91

$1,909,090.91

10*

2160

Merrylands

2

$2,909,090.91

$1,909,090.91

2016 LOTTO HOTSPOT REGIONS

Top 10 regions with the most frequent division one wins across all games – NSW

Rank

Region

Frequency

Total Prizes

Biggest Prize

1

Hunter & Central Coast

21

$27,767,678.97

$5,000,000.00

2

Western Sydney & Blue Mountains

18

$19,345,350.80

$2,051,774.06

3

Southern & South Western Sydney

17

$53,247,181.37

$40,000,000.00

4

Central & Northern Sydney

16

$44,915,769.94

$30,000,000.00

5

North Coast & Mid North Coast

11

$12,920,366.32

$2,000,000.00

6

Riverina

6

$5,538,636.26

$2,000,000.00

7

Illawarra & South East NSW

5

$7,007,683.77

$3,000,000.00

8

Western NSW

4

$21,840,380.66

$10,000,000.00

9

New England

1

$664,754.87

$664,754.87

 

Maclean's secret $200,000 'lucky' winner!

One person is walking around Maclean keeping a big secret – they’re $200,000 richer after winning first prize in Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot draw 1046!

One person is walking around Maclean keeping a big secret – they’re $200,000 richer after winning first prize in Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot draw 1046!

The secretive person purchased their winning single ticket number costing $5.50 from Maclean Newsagency, 95 River St, Maclean.

As the mysterious winner registered their entry to a Players Club Card, NSW Lotteries officials were able to ring the winner with the life-changing news and confirm their prize shortly after the draw.

However, just who won the guaranteed first prize of $200,000 will remain a mystery as the winner has chosen to stay completely anonymous – keeping their exciting news and how they’ll spend their prize a secret between themself and their loved ones.

Sebastian Fear is the manager of Maclean Newsagency and was thrilled the outlet had created another Lucky Lotteries winner.

“Over the 15 years we’ve been open we’ve seen plenty of Lucky Lotteries winners come through!” Mr Fear exclaimed.

“Back in 2004 we sold the winning Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot winning entry which was worth $10.5 million! Since then we’ve sold a lot of tickets in those draws – we must be a ‘lucky’ newsagency!

“We’ve had lots of success over the years but it’s always nice to have another winner.

“We wish the lucky winner well and hope they enjoy their prize.”

NSW Lotteries spokesperson Tess Cameron said delivering the dream-come-true news about first prize wins at this time of the year was always special.

“People are generally already in a festive, relaxed mood as we enter December so receiving news like this is just the cherry on top – of a Christmas pavlova!” Ms Cameron laughed.

“Recent winners we’ve spoken with have told us they will put a portion of their win towards making their Christmas extra special – taking their family out for lunch, putting a few more presents under their tree and sharing with those less fortunate.

“It’s lovely to think about how the news of a windfall can brighten a winner’s Christmas,” Ms Cameron explained.

“At this time of the year people also start thinking about their New Year’s Resolutions and I’m sure some of our winners this month will put their prize towards turning over a new leaf or trying something they’ve always dreamed of.”

Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot draw 1046 was drawn on Tuesday 29 November 2016.

The Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot continues to climb with the jackpot for draw 1047 sitting at $6.76 million. The Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot is offering $3.88 million for draw 10118.

NSW Lotteries customers can purchase a single ticket number into the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot for $2.20 and the Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot for $5.50.

For your chance to make today your ‘Lucky’ day, why not get your paws on a Lucky Lotteries ticket today at your local NSW Lotteries outlet or online.

Division one Saturday Lotto win sold in Delegate!

Someone who purchased a Saturday Lotto ticket from the Delegate General Store in the New South Wales border town of Delegate has won a division one prize worth more than $822,000 in draw 3689 on Saturday 26 November!

Someone who purchased a Saturday Lotto ticket from the Delegate General Store in the New South Wales border town of Delegate has won a division one prize worth more than $822,000 in draw 3689 on Saturday 26 November!

But just who exactly purchased the registered 36-game QuickPick entry will remain a mystery, as the winner has spoken to NSW Lotteries in secret to claim their Saturday Lotto windfall!

The mysterious winner wishes to keep their identity shrouded in secrecy; opting to remain completely anonymous and keep details of what their windfall will mean for their future under wraps – but with the end of the year just weeks away they could be in for a cracker of a Christmas.

The registered 36-game QuickPick entry was purchased from Delegate General Store, 46-48 Bombala Street, Delegate.

NSW Lotteries spokesperson Elissa Lewis said while all Saturday Lotto customers dream of starting their week with a Lotto bonus in their pay packet, each week the dream becomes a reality for some.

“We speak with winners every day and while most winners dream of winning big, many don’t ever expect it will happen to them. And this time of year it’s even more special with the winning spirit of Christmas spreading around the country,” Ms Lewis highlighted.

“In fact since July 1 this year there have already been 56 division one winning entries purchased by NSW Lotteries customers - that’s a lot of winning smiles on the faces of players.

“Winners have a range of reactions to the life-changing news, some scream with delight, some fall silent with disbelief and many take a few moments just to let the news sink in.”

Throughout Australia, there were five entries that won a first division prize of $822,853.96 in Saturday Lotto draw 3689 on Saturday 26 November 2016.

Along with the winning entry purchased in Delegate, there were two winning entries in Victoria and on each in South Australia and Western Australia.

The six winning numbers in Saturday Lotto draw 3689 on Saturday 26 November were 18, 27, 19, 29, 45 and 38. The supplementary numbers were 32 and 35.

The Lott’s division one winning entry tally has now reached 184 so far this financial year, including 56 won by NSW Lotteries customers.

Helensburgh local wins $100,000!

One Helensburgh local is smiling like the cat that got the cream after she won first prize in Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw 10116 – taking home a prize of $100,000!

One Helensburgh local is smiling like the cat that got the cream after she won first prize in Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw 10116 – taking home a prize of $100,000!

The stunned winner explained that she had been purchasing tickets in Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draws for years and always bought a single $2.20 ticket.

“I’ve been playing for years and I always buy the $2.20 ticket. My years of persistence have certainly paid off!” the happy woman shared.

“When I checked my ticket on Friday I realised I’d won – I must admit it was a bit of a surprise. “I was very busy over the weekend though – it was business as usual – so I didn’t have time to claim my prize until Monday!

The winner went on to admit the win wouldn’t sink in until she’d received the money and saw the series of zeroes in her bank account.

“I have no idea what I’ll spend it on! I’m waiting to see the money and then I’ll start to think about it,” the winner explained.

The winner, who has chosen to remain anonymous, purchased her first prize winning entry in Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw 10116 on Thursday 1 December 2016 at Helensburgh Newsagency, Shop 7 at 123 Parkes St, Helensburgh.

Kenneth Sandridge is the owner of Helensburgh Newsagency and was thrilled to hear the prize had gone to a local customer.

“Since we found out we sold a winning ticket we’ve had a fantastic response from our customers – everyone’s talking about it and have been hoping it was a local!” Mr Sandridge exclaimed.

“It’s the right time of the year to win so we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy the money!”

The Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot continues to climb with the jackpot for draw 10117 sitting at $3.75 million. The Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot is offering $6.76 million for draw 1047.

NSW Lotteries customers can purchase a single ticket number into the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot for $2.20 and the Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot for $5.50.

For your chance to make today your ‘Lucky’ day, why not get your paws on a Lucky Lotteries ticket today at your local NSW Lotteries outlet or online.

Does $673,000 await you?

There’s a couple of mystery division one winners who need to check their unregistered Saturday Lotto ticket in the weekend’s Saturday Lotto draw immediately because they’ve won a prize worth more than $673,000!

There’s a couple of mystery division one winners who need to check their unregistered Saturday Lotto ticket in the weekend’s Saturday Lotto draw immediately because they’ve won a prize worth more than $673,000!

If only the division one winners who purchased their winning tickets from Branxton and Ashfield had registered their entries to a Players Club card they would have received that dream-come-true phone call to tell them they’d won!

NSW Lotteries spokesperson Claire Taylor said because the unregistered winners had not yet claimed their division one prizes, they could still be completely unaware they’re about to have a Christmas like never before.

“Imagine going about your Christmas shopping with a Saturday Lotto ticket worth more than $673,000 in your purse or wallet, or even floating around in your handbag or the centre console of your car!” Ms Taylor exclaimed.

“If you purchased a Saturday Lotto ticket in the weekend’s Saturday Lotto draw from Branxton Newsagency or Ashfield Newsagency, it’s time to look for your ticket perhaps checking in the piles of receipts and lists that tend to come with Christmas shopping!

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

The division one winning entries were purchased from Branxton Newsagency, 43 Maitland Street in Branxton, and from Ashfield Newsagency, 14 Hercules Street in Ashfield.

Throughout Australia, there were six entries that won a first division prize of $673,151.01 in Saturday Lotto draw 3691 on Saturday 3 December 2016.

Along with the winning entries purchased in Branxton and Ashfield, there were two division one winning entries each sold in Victoria and Western Australia.

The six winning numbers in Saturday Lotto draw 3691 on Saturday 3 December 2016 were 18, 39, 11, 10, 26 and 44. The supplementary numbers were 16 and 15.

The weekend’s winners take the Lott’s division one winning entry tally to 184 so far this financial year, including 56 won by NSW Lotteries customers.

Sydney's mystery mid-week millionaire was on an island safari holiday!

A professional man from the northern beaches of Sydney had unknowingly become a mid-week millionaire after his Wednesday Lotto entry in draw 3607 on November 9 had won him a division one prize worth $1,000,000.00.

A professional man from the northern beaches of Sydney had unknowingly become a mid-week millionaire after his Wednesday Lotto entry in draw 3607 on November 9 had won him a division one prize worth $1,000,000.00.

Thanks to playing a System 7 entry he also picked up additional divisional prizes bringing the total prize windfall to $1,001,971.90.

The registered winner was still in shock when he spoke with a NSW Lotteries official this morning admitting he had been on an island safari holiday and disconnected from the world with his mobile phone switched off.

“I’m a regular player and always register my tickets so I would have answered your call if my phone had been switched on,” the shocked winner declared.

“I always keep my tickets on the front of the fridge and last night as I walked past the ticket caught my eye so I decided to check the numbers.

“When it occurred to me that I had all the winning numbers and had won one million dollars I felt like I was dreaming!

“I kept asking my family ‘Am I dreaming? Can someone pinch me?’. “To be honest I’m still a bit numb. One million dollars - this is just crazy!

“And to think I’ve been a millionaire for three weeks and didn’t even know!

“The timing of this win is really great. The whole family will benefit. I’ll keep working and it will make my future retirement much more certain.”

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his 1-game System 7 marked entry from World News Centre Met Centre, Shop G11 Met Centre on 273 George Street in Sydney.

Chris Landas is the Store Manager at World News Centre Met Centre and was over-the-moon to have sold another winning Lotto ticket.

“How exciting! It’s always a good thing to make a customer a millionaire!” Mr Landas exclaimed.

“We’ve sold a number of division one winning entries over the years, mostly in Monday & Wednesday Lotto or Saturday Lotto - so we’re certainly a lucky Lotto shop!

“But I would love to have a jackpot winning customer, maybe in tonight’s $6 million Powerball draw or even next Tuesday’s $5 million Oz Lotto draw!

“Either way, I hope it won’t be long before our next division one winning customer walks through our doors!”

The winning numbers in Wednesday Lotto draw 3607 on Wednesday 9 November 2016 were 34, 24, 38, 9, 43 and 23. The supplementary numbers were 37 and 13.

Throughout Australia, there were two division one winning entries in Wednesday Lotto draw 3607, which offers a guaranteed $1 million division one prize for up to four winners in every draw. Both winning entries were purchased in New South Wales.