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New South Welshmen put a price on happiness: $10 million to realise their dreams

New South Welshmen 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.

New South Welshmen 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 NSW Lotteries survey, conducted by ReachTEL, was conducted in time for International Day of Happiness, today 20 March.
 
It found just over a quarter of New South Wales adults said they would need at least $10 million to realise their dreams.  Another 20.7% of respondents named $8 million as their dream price tag, followed by 19.2% who nominated $1 million. (See Table 1)
 
The latest results mark a dramatic shift in New South Welshmen’s thinking as just six months ago most said they only needed $1 million to fulfill their dreams. 
 
When asked how a big lotto win might bring them happiness, about a third of New South Welshmen (32.2%) said it would be being debt free and financially secure.   More than a quarter (26.6%) said being able to help out family and friends would also make them happy. (See Table 2)
 
NSW Lotteries spokesperson Matt Hart said the results highlighted how New South Welshmen 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 New South Welshmen’s dreams have suddenly become ten times more expensive to realise! 
 
“Sadly, this survey suggests that New South Wales 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 NSW Lotteries research showed most New South Welshmen told us they would also need $10 million to be able to quit work and retire early.  So perhaps New South Welshmen have made a correlation between realising their dreams and quitting their jobs!
 
“It’s clear New South Wales is a generous state.  In the past, only about a quarter (26%) 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 New South Wales 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.

Dubbo's newest millionaire a local man with heart

After almost a week, Dubbo’s newest millionaire has been found and he’s a generous local man with heart who has pledged to help his family and make a donation to the Australian Heart Foundation.

After almost a week, Dubbo’s newest millionaire has been found and he’s a generous local man with heart who has pledged to help his family and make a donation to the Australian Heart Foundation.

The man was one of three division one winners from Saturday Lotto draw 3719 on Saturday 11 March 2017, landing a prize of $1,376,411.74. His winning 24-game QuickPick was purchased at Talbragar Street Newsagency, 93-95 Talbragar Street, Dubbo.

The shocked retiree only discovered he was Dubbo’s missing winner this morning, when he checked his ticket at Talbragar Street Newsagency.

“Thank you very much!” he exclaimed

“I checked my other Lotto tickets on Sunday, but didn’t check this one. I’ve just had it my wallet.

“I came in this morning and Peter, the Newsagency owner, asked me if I had an unregistered ticket from Saturday. I said ‘yeah’ and he said to check it. It’s the greatest shock of my life!

“I’m getting more nervous now as it’s sinking in!”

The regular Lotto player admitted he’d seen media coverage of Dubbo’s missing millionaire, but didn’t think for a moment that it could be him.

“I saw there was winner, but didn’t think it was me. I’m not that lucky!” he exclaimed.

“I’ve only ever won $80 in the past.”

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he would use his winnings to help his family.

“They’ve all got debts so they’ll be a lot better off because of it. Education for the grandkids is a big thing too,” he said.

He also pledged to make a donation to the Australian Heart Foundation, a charity he had long supported.

Talbragar Street Newsagency owner Peter Snare said he was thrilled the winner had been found.

“It’s been a busy week as we’ve had so many people come in and call up wanting to see if they might have won the million-dollar prize,” he said.

“It’s great that it is a local customer and we wish him all the best with his prize!”

Saturday Lotto draw 3719, on Saturday 11 March 2017, unveiled the winning numbers: 36, 39, 10, 15, 1 and 31, with the supplementary numbers 32 and 11.

The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 285 so far this financial year, including 81 won by NSW Lotteries customers.

“Fair dinkum” Stockton pensioner responds to $100,000 Lucky phone call!

A retired pensioner from Stockton received an unexpected phone call today to hear the news he had won the guaranteed 1st Prize of $100,000 in Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw!

A retired pensioner from Stockton received an unexpected phone call today to hear the news he had won the guaranteed 1st Prize of $100,000 in Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw!

“Oh you’re kidding! Ahahaha!” he laughed when he heard the official news from NSW Lotteries.

“Fair dinkum! Oh you’re joking! Are you fair dinkum?

“Ok, right oh!” the winner said as he took a few deep breaths to let the news sink in.

The man’s $100,000 windfall was the guaranteed 1st Prize of Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw 10140, drawn on 16 March 2017.

The man said he was a regular Lucky Lotteries player and had been for years. “

I play Lucky Lotteries every week in fact I always play the Super jackpot,” he explained.

“I never thought this would happen!

“I’m retired so I’ll invest this windfall wisely but I might think about buying myself a few little toys.”

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his 1st Prize winning entry for Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw 10140 from Stockton Newsagency, 29 Mitchell Street in Stockton.

Justine Penfold is one of the staff at Stockton Newsagency and was thrilled to have sold a 1st Prize winning entry.

“Congratulations to our winner. We’re very happy it’s gone to a worthy customer!” she exclaimed.

“We’re a small community so it’s good news that the prize has been won by a local.

“We had a feeling it was about our time for a big win and now it’s happened – it’s great news!”

This is the third major prize win for the Newcastle area coming just weeks after a Newcastle grandfather found a Saturday Lotto ticket that had won more than $1 million a year ago while cleaning his car and a private Newcastle syndicate of nine friends, called the Ten Tenors, won $10 million Oz Lotto draw 1202.

Dropping in to Dandenong delivers division one!

A married couple from a bordering city of Victoria thanked god that they purchased a Lotto ticket when they travelled to Dandenong recently – because it won division one!

A married couple from a bordering city of Victoria thanked god that they purchased a Lotto ticket when they travelled to Dandenong recently – because it won division one!

Their 12-game QuickPick entry won a division one prize of $1 million in last night’s Monday & Wednesday Lotto draw 3643 and because they registered their ticket to their Tatts Card, officials phoned them today with the fateful news.

“Fantastic! We can own a home! Pay all the bills!” the husband exclaimed.

“It’s even better than that. I really couldn’t have asked for this to happen at a better time in my life!”

The winners felt it was fate and fortune that led them to buying the QuickPick with the winning numbers at the right place and time.

“We play regularly, in fact we were in Melbourne visiting Dandenong yesterday when we got the QuickPick – thank god for that!” he laughed.

“You’ve made our day today! It will make a very big difference to us.

“It’s been the best day! I always said this would happen one day. I had a feeling for a long, long time and I came close quite a few times.”

The couple could now own their very first home and help their families.

“We don’t have a house, so we would like to buy our first one! It’s absolutely fantastic,” the exclaimed.

“We’ve got quite a few family members who we’d like to help too.”

The couple, who wish to remain anonymous, purchased their entry from Dandenong Plaza Lotto on Level 3 in the Dandenong Plaza, corner of McCrea and Walker Streets in Dandenong.

George Zheng is the owner of Dandenong Plaza Lotto and was delighted to have helped create more division one winning customers.

“We feel like a very lucky store! Particularly since these winners travelled a long way and happened to get the winning QuickPick numbers here!” Mr Zheng exclaimed.

“We wish them all the very best with their $1 million windfall!

“Not long ago in February we sold three division one winning shares in a group syndicate worth more than $37,000 each.

“So fingers crossed we can deliver division one again soon!”

The winning numbers in Monday & Wednesday 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 Lotto draw 3643, which offers a guaranteed $1 million division one prize for up to four winners in every draw.

Along with the Victorian couple, the other division one winner was from Queensland’s Gold Coast.

The Lott’s division one winning entry tally has now reached 285 so far this financial year, including 113 won by Tatts customers.

Freshwater worker credits $1 million Monday Lotto win to "beginner’s luck"

A Freshwater worker in his 20s has credited “beginner’s luck” for his $1 million windfall from last night’s Monday Lotto, saying he only began regularly playing Lotto a month ago!

A Freshwater worker in his 20s has credited “beginner’s luck” for his $1 million windfall from last night’s Monday Lotto, saying he only began regularly playing Lotto a month ago!

He was one of only two division one winning entries across Australia in Monday & Wednesday TattsLotto draw 3642 on Monday 14 March 2017.

The happy man, who had been oblivious to his win until he checked his ticket instore, told a NSW Lotteries official he was “over the moon!”.

“Oh wow! My hands are shaking! Holding the ticket is like touching gold!” the man laughed.

“Mate, thank you so much! I had no idea until I checked. Oh, this is amazing!

“I’ve only been playing Lotto for a month!”

While the news had yet to fully sink in, the overjoyed winner said he would use the windfall to buy his first apartment.

“This is nuts! It’s awesome. This is going to set me up,” he said.

“I’m looking out the door right now and can see a campervan, so maybe a unit and campervan!” he laughed.

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his winning 24-game QuickPick entry from Freshwater Newsagency, 19 Lawrence Street, Freshwater.

Freshwater Newsagency owner Karen Dimento said the store had erupted into celebration after the winner checked his ticket.

“We’d been waiting all morning hoping the winner would come forward. It’s really exciting. He said he’d only just started playing, the lucky thing!” she said.

“We haven’t had a win for a while, but now we’re the lucky shop on the Northern Beaches!”

Across Australia, there were two division one winning entries in Monday & Wednesday Lotto draw 3642, which offers a guaranteed $1 million division one prize for up to four winners in every draw.

Along with the winning entry from Freshwater, the other division one winning entry was purchased in Tasmania.

The winning numbers in Monday & Wednesday Lotto draw 3642 on Monday 13 March 2017 were 19, 13, 6, 33, 38 and 14. The supplementary numbers were 31 and 20.

The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 283 so far this financial year, including 81 won by NSW Lotteries customers.

Dubbo's newest millionaire yet to claim $1.37 million Saturday Lotto win

A Dubbo resident or visitor became a millionaire on the weekend following Saturday Lotto, but has yet to discover the happy news for themselves.

A Dubbo resident or visitor became a millionaire on the weekend following Saturday Lotto, but has yet to discover the happy news for themselves.

NSW Lotteries is waiting for the mystery winner, who purchased a ticket at Talbragar Street Newsagency, 93-95 Talbragar Street, Dubbo, to check their ticket and come forward to claim the first division prize of $1,376,411.74.

Saturday Lotto draw 3719, on Saturday 11 March 2017, unveiled the winning numbers: 36, 39, 10, 15, 1 and 31, with the supplementary numbers 32 and 11.

The winning ticketholder is urged to contact NSW Lotteries as soon as possible on 131 868 to begin the prize claim process.

NSW Lotteries spokesperson Matt Hart said the division one winning ticket had not been registered to a Players Club Card so officials had no clues or contact details for the new millionaire.

He said the Dubbo million-dollar prize was one of three division one prizes won nationally from that draw, but was only one from New South Wales.

“We all know the start of a new week can be a busy time as people head back to work and their daily lives. Somewhere out there is our mystery winner who could have forgotten to check the Saturday Lotto ticket they bought,” he said.

“Imagine being a millionaire but not knowing it! It’s the type of news that could really turn your week around – especially on a Monday!

“We’re putting the call out to help track down our missing millionaire and share the happy news with them. The winning ticket may have been stashed away for safekeeping in the car, the kitchen or even the sock drawer!

“If you purchased an unregistered entry in Saturday Lotto in Dubbo, check your ticket as you could be our millionaire!”

NSW Lotteries reminds players of the importance of registering their tickets to a Players Club 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 Talbragar Street Newsagency, 93-95 Talbragar Street, Dubbo.

Talbragar Street Newsagency owner Peter Snare said the store was eagerly waiting for the missing millionaire to come forward and check their ticket.

“How exciting! We’d love to break the news to one of our lucky customers!” he said.

“We’ve sold a few division one winning tickets to local residents during our 33 years and we love hearing our winners’ stories!”

The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 281 so far this financial year, including 80 won by NSW Lotteries customers.