Winners Stories

Three Australian dreams come true: $50 million Oz Lotto jackpot shared

Australia has three new multi-millionaires tonight after the mind-blowing $50 million Oz Lotto jackpot was shared among three thrilled division one winners.
Australia has three new multi-millionaires tonight after the mind-blowing $50 million Oz Lotto jackpot was shared among three thrilled division one winners.
 
The winners, from Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia, each take home a division one prize of $16,666,666.67.
 
Tonight’s $50 million Oz Lotto jackpot was the biggest Oz Lotto jackpot since August 2015, and millions of customers around the country purchased an entry for the chance to win a share in the mind-blowing prize pool. 
 
In addition to the huge $50 million jackpot prize shared by the three division one winners, more than 1.122 million prizes were won across Australia in divisions two to seven, sharing in a total prize pool of $23,205,036.50.
 
Carindale woman welcomes Oz Lotto win with lengthy scream
 
A Carindale woman has screamed with delight for several minutes tonight after the revelation she had become a multi-millionaire with her 6-game QuickPick entry in tonight’s draw.
 
When a Golden Casket official made the life-changing phone call to the registered player immediately after the draw, the woman couldn’t contain her joy.
 
“Oh my god! You’ve stopped my heart! I need my heart fixed!” the woman screamed.
 
“Oh my god! I just won $16 million! Holy sh*t!”
 
A regular player, the woman said she had to let the news sink in before deciding how she would spend the windfall.
 
“I can’t wait to call my husband and tell him!” the thrilled winner said.
 
“We will be sharing the winnings with our family though – that’s for sure!”
 
The winning entry was sold at Nextra Carindale News, Shop 2004A, Westfield Carindale, 1151 Creek Road, Carindale. It is the fifth division one winning entry the outlet has sold during the past eight years.
 
Manly man initially hangs up on winning Oz Lotto call
 
A Manly man initially hung up on a NSW Lotteries official earlier tonight when they were trying to tell him that he was one of the three Oz Lotto division one winners.
 
However, the registered player eventually stayed on the line long enough to have his win confirmed, prompting him to erupt into celebration.
 
“Are you serious!?!  You are kidding me!  I can’t believe it,” he said, bursting out laughing.
 
“Oh man! You have made my whole life!  How amazing is this?” 
 
The man explained he marked his winning System 9 entry using family birthdates.  He also admitted he had a feeling he might win.
 
“Earlier today I thought I’d love to win.  I was just thinking in my head driving along, and low and behold I won!  I can’t believe it!
 
“When you rang before I thought it was a bit strange.  But then I went and grabbed my ticket, then I checked my ticket and saw the numbers!”
 
While it was too early to tell if an early retirement was on the cards, the delighted man plans to “invest the money and have a happy life”.
 
“I can’t believe it! I’m in shock,” he laughed.
 
“It’s sort of sunk in, but it hasn’t.  I don’t know what to think. I don’t know what to say.  I’m lost for words!
 
“This is amazing.  You can honestly say 100% you don’t get much better news than this.  Without a doubt!”
 
The man’s winning entry was sold at Ink & Press Cafe, 145 Sydney Road, Fairlight.
 
The winning numbers in Oz Lotto draw 1222 on Tuesday 18 July 2017 were 2, 45, 29, 7, 23, 19, 21.  The supplementary numbers 37 and 43.
 
Last financial year, 18 Oz Lotto winning entries across the Lott’s jurisdictions won more than $182 million. 
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 207 so far this calendar year, including 58 won by Golden Casket and 56 by NSW Lotteries customers.

Tonight's $50 million Oz Lotto draw drives frenzy among Aussie wannabe winners

With less than 16 hours until the winning numbers are drawn, Aussies are clambering to grab their entry in tonight’s $50 million Oz Lotto draw – the biggest Oz Lotto jackpot in almost two years!
With less than 16 hours until the winning numbers are drawn, Aussies are clambering to grab their entry in tonight’s $50 million Oz Lotto draw – the biggest Oz Lotto jackpot in almost two years!
 
It’s anticipated up to half of all Aussie adults will purchase an entry in tonight’s draw for their chance to become the nation’s newest multi-millionaire.
 
The last time Oz Lotto players saw the jackpot soar to these heights was in August 2015, when the $60 million division one prize pool was shared by three winning entries across Australia.
 
Australia’s Official Lotteries - the Lott spokesperson Elissa Lewis said a flood of last-minute entries was expected today as regular, infrequent and new Oz Lotto players rushed to buy their tickets from lottery outlets and online at thelott.com.
 
“The response to this mind-blowing $50 million jackpot has been overwhelming as Aussie adults imagine how their lives could transform if they won a slice of the princely prize pool,” she said.
 
“Not only are regular Oz Lotto customers returning in droves, we’re also seeing eye-on-the-prize players lining up for the chance to share in $50 million.
 
“Australians’ dreams are as broad and diverse as the country itself – everything from buying a home and starting a business to escaping on an endless holiday – and this $50 million jackpot has captured the hearts and minds of everyday Aussies.”
 
Tonight’s $50 million prize comes after no entries matched the seven winning numbers needed to win division one during the past six weeks.
 
While the $40 million first division prize eluded players in last week’s draw, more than 700,000 prizes worth more than $15.8 million were won across Australia in divisions two to seven.
 
Last financial year, 18 Oz Lotto division one winning entries across the Lott’s jurisdictions won more than $182 million.  During this time, the biggest individual division one Oz Lotto prize was won by a young Cairns mum who took home $40 million.
 
The standing record for the largest single winning entry in Oz Lotto was set in December 2013 when a single winning ticket won the entire $70 million jackpot.
 
Advice to Oz Lotto players
 
Ms Lewis said she had three pieces of advice for anyone craving the chance to win a share  of the $50 million Oz Lotto jackpot.
 
“It may seem obvious, but it’s important to remember you do need an entry to be in with a chance of winning the prize!  Our retail and online outlets are expecting brisk trade today, so get in early to secure your entry,” she said.
 
“We also recommend players register their entry so that we can contact you with the life-changing news that you’re now an Oz Lotto multi-millionaire.  Back in May, when the $40 million jackpot was won by a young Cairns mum, she had an unregistered entry and had no idea she’d won for almost two days!
 
“Finally, it’s interesting to note that all Oz Lotto division one winning entries so far this year have been QuickPicks, or entries randomly generated by the lottery terminal.  Will this trend continue?  Only time will tell!”
 
Just how big is $50 million?
 
With the Oz Lotto jackpot hitting its highest level in almost two years, Ms Lewis said many Aussies found it difficult to wrap their heads around the mind-blowing $50 million prize.
 
“Can you imagine looking at your bank account and seeing $50 million in it?  Tonight, one Australian may find out just what that feels like.  It’s a massive amount of money and truly life changing,” she said.
 
“If 50 million $1 coins were laid out in a line, it would circle Uluru 125 times, travel the Great Ocean Road twice, or stretch from Canberra to Adelaide.
 
“For those wondering what $50 million can buy, it’s enough to purchase two Whitsunday Islands, two Sydney Harbour penthouses, or a 6,400sqkm Central Australian property complete with 15,000 Hereford cattle!”
 
What if the $50 million jackpot isn’t won tonight?
 
Should there be no division one winners tonight, Ms Lewis said the Oz Lotto jackpot would soar higher for next week’s draw.
 
“But exactly how big next week’s Oz Lotto jackpot would be if we don’t have any division one winners tonight remains to be seen,” she said.
 
The $50 million Oz Lotto draw 1222 will be broadcast around 8:45pm AEST on Tuesday 18 July 2017.
 
Tickets for the $50 million Oz Lotto draw can be purchased up until 7:30pm AEST from any official lottery outlet, online from thelott.com, or via thelott app.

Toukley man jumps for joy after $100,000 Lucky Lotteries windfall

A Toukley man has confessed he is ready to jump around the house in joy after the revelation he is $100,000 richer from winning the 1st Prize in the latest Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw.
A Toukley man has confessed he is ready to jump around the house in joy after the revelation he is $100,000 richer from winning the 1st Prize in the latest Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw.
 
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, won the 1st Prize in Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw 10170, drawn Thursday 13 July 2017.
 
The thrilled winner discovered his good fortune this morning when he checked his ticket.
 
“It’s amazing!  I’m just in shock!” he exclaimed.
 
“I’ll probably jump around the house in a half an hour or so.  At the moment I’m just in shock.
 
“I play Lucky Lotteries all the time – each week I buy 10 numbers. I’m really, really happy!”
 
While the news of the win was still fresh, the man admitted he already knew what he was going to do with his windfall.
 
“It’s come at a really good time.  I’m definitely going to have a holiday – it’s been a bloody hard year - and then I’m going to spoil my kids,” he said.
 
“I haven’t worked out where I’ll go on holidays, but I’ll probably fly business class!”
 
The man purchased his winning entry of 10 consecutive numbers in Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw 10170, drawn on Thursday 17 July, from East Toukley Newsagency, Shop 1, 13 Main Road, Toukley.

East Toukley Newsagency owner Keith Haydon said the outlet had developed a strong track record of selling 1st Prize winning Lucky Lotteries entries.
 
“We’ve sold six 1st Prize winning Lucky Lotteries entries and four division one lotto entries so far!” he said proudly.
 
“I’ve got a lot of customers who buy a Lucky Lotteries entry when they put their regular lotto entry in.
 
“I feel like the Central Coast is a lucky region.  I’ve been here 13 years and from what I’ve seen in the area, we do alright and have a lot of wins.
 
“Hopefully we see some more big wins for our customers!”
 
The Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot prize is now $2.19 million for draw 10171, while the Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot is now $3.64 million for draw 1062. 
 
Last financial year, 111 Lucky Lotteries winning entries across the Lott’s jurisdictions won more than $38.5 million.  During this time, the biggest individual jackpot prize was won by a Moonee Beach retiree who took home $8.95 million.
 
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 at your local NSW Lotteries outlet, online at thelott.com or via the Lott mobile app.

Winning Oz Lotto entries revealed ahead of tonight's $40 million jackpot!

As Australians eagerly anticipate tonight’s $40 million Oz Lotto jackpot, exclusive research has revealed exactly what types of entries have made Oz Lotto millionaires so far this year.
As Australians eagerly anticipate tonight’s $40 million Oz Lotto jackpot, exclusive research has revealed exactly what types of entries have made Oz Lotto millionaires so far this year.
 
Since January this year, $75 million has been won by six Oz Lotto winners across the Lott jurisdictions of Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory. 
 
Remarkably, all of these six Oz Lotto wins have come from QuickPick entries, including one of each 6-game, 18-game, 24-game and 50-game entries, along with two 12-game entries.
 
The last time the Oz Lotto jackpot hit $40 million, just over a month ago on 30 May, the entire prize was won by a young Cairns mother with an unregistered 6-game QuickPick.
 
Australia’s Official Lotteries - the Lott spokesperson Matt Hart said tonight’s humongous $40 million division one prize was the equal highest Oz Lotto jackpot amount in almost two years.
 
“Anticipation has been building as the Oz Lotto division one prize pool has jackpotted for five consecutive weeks to reach $40 million,” he said.
 
“While every number has an equal chance of being drawn, it’s surprising to see that all of our six Oz Lotto winners this year have had QuickPick entries!
 
“Of course, the big question is will this trend continue if we have a winner tonight?”
 
Mr Hart said the best advice he could give customers wanting a chance to win a share of tonight’s $40 million prize was to buy an entry early.
 
“Regardless of whether you select your own numbers by marking a coupon, purchase a QuickPick where the numbers are randomly selected for you, or share a larger syndicate entry, you do need to have an entry to be in with a chance,” he said.
 
“Lottery  outlets are expecting a busy day today as people make a last dash to buy their tickets, with around half of all entries expected to be purchased on the day of the draw.
 
“We always recommend players register their entry 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.”
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally so far this calendar year has reached 201, including 55 Golden Casket customers, 55 NSW Lotteries customers, 76 Tatts customers and 15 SA Lotteries customers.

The Lott customers have until 7:30pm (AEST) tonight to purchase tickets from their local outlets, online at thelott.com or the Lott app.

Canberra couple crave mortgage-free life with Saturday Lotto win

Paying off the mortgage and escaping on a holiday are at the top of the to-do list for the Canberra couple who won division one in the weekend’s Saturday Lotto draw.
Paying off the mortgage and escaping on a holiday are at the top of the to-do list for the Canberra couple who won division one in the weekend’s Saturday Lotto draw.
 
Their entry was the only ACT entry, and one of eight nationally, to win division one in the weekend’s Saturday Lotto draw 3753, with each taking home a division one prize of $496,656.01.
 
Speaking to a NSW Lotteries official this morning to confirm their prize, the winning man described how they discovered the life-changing news yesterday while grocery shopping.
 
“Initially, I thought it might have been $1,500 or something like that, but the guy in the shop said you’ve got the six numbers,” he explained.
 
“I said ‘you sure you’re reading them right?’.
 
“My wife was waiting in the car.  At first I said it was nothing, but then I told her.  She hit me across the head!” he laughed.
 
But their win almost didn’t happen, with the man explaining their winning entry was a last minute decision.
 
“I said I wasn’t going to put it on for the weekend, but then as I was putting a ticket on for Tuesday’s Oz Lotto I decided to put one on for Saturday first,” he said.
 
Using their $496,656.01 windfall to pay off their mortgage is the first priority for the winning couple, with some travel also on the cards.
 
“That one cent is mine, the rest is the misses!” the man joked.
 
The couple, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased their winning 36-game QuickPick entry from Erindale Newsagency, Shop 12, Erindale Shopping Centre, 68 Comrie Street, Wanniassa.
 
Erindale Newsagency owner Mark Hughes said the outlet couldn’t believe they’d sold another division one winning entry – the second in seven months.
 
“I was as shocked as the winner to see that we’d sold the winning entry,” he said.
 
“I saw Erindale Newsagency on the list and said ‘you’re kidding!’.  It was great to be able to break the news to the winner and share that moment with them.
 
“Given these things often come in threes and we’ve sold two winning entries during the past seven months, perhaps there’s another one on the horizon!”
 
The six winning numbers in Saturday Lotto draw 3753 on Saturday 8 July 2017 were 24, 11, 22, 26, 33 and 18.  The supplementary numbers were 28 and 19.
 
Across Australia, there were 8 division one winning entries in Saturday Lotto draw 3753, including one in the ACT, two in Queensland, two in Victoria, one in South Australia, and two in Western Australia. 
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 201 so far this calendar year, including 55 won by NSW Lotteries customers.

Mystery solved: Drawer clean-up reveals Waratah's winning Wednesday Lotto ticket

A Newcastle grandmother and her family are celebrating after being told they won Wednesday Lotto division one – 52 days ago – with a winning ticket found in a kitchen drawer!
A Newcastle grandmother and her family are celebrating after being told they won Wednesday Lotto division one – 52 days ago – with a winning ticket found in a kitchen drawer!
 
The long-running private family syndicate confirmed their win with NSW Lotteries this morning, ending almost two months of speculation about the whereabouts of Newcastle’s mystery winner.
 
Their 12-game QuickPick entry was one of six nationally that won a division one prize of $666,666.67 in Monday & Wednesday Lotto draw 3661 on Wednesday 17 May 2017.  However, as the entry was unregistered, NSW Lotteries had no way to contact the winner.
 
The winning grandmother and syndicate leader explained the winning ticket was one of several unchecked Lotto entries she found lurking in one of her drawers.
 
But when she checked the winning ticket at an outlet, she initially thought she’d only won just over $1,000, rather than a $666,666.67 windfall.
 
“Good gosh!  That sounds like a lot of money!” she exclaimed when she learnt the true extent of her good fortune.
 
“I don’t know what I’m going to do with it.  But it’s not all mine.  It’s a syndicate of the whole family!  It’s been going ever since Lotto started!”
 
The thrilled winner explained that running the private syndicate for about a dozen family members had become a treasured tradition stretching over many decades. 
 
While the syndicate had won lower division prizes before, she said this was the first time it had won division one.
 
“It’s going to benefit a lot of people,” she said.
 
“As soon as we hang up from you, the phone will be running hot letting everyone know!”
 
The winner’s son and syndicate member confessed he was initially sceptical when his mother told him they’d won division one.
 
“I’ve been over once before when mum thought she’d won $200,000 on a Scratch-It.  It turns out she had mistook one of the $20,000 symbols for $200,000!” he joked.
 
The winning ticket was purchased from Waratah LPO & Newsagency, Shop 9 in the Waratah Shopping Village on Turton Road.
 
This week, a young Newcastle family won division one in Monday & Wednesday Lotto with another entry purchased from Waratah LPO & Newsagency.
 
Waratah LPO & Newsagency owner Michael Phillips said he was relieved the winners would finally be united with their prize.
 
“It’s incredible to think we’ve sold two division one winning entries in less than two months.  Hopefully it’s a sign of more wins to come for our customers,” he said.
 
“We’ve had so many customers asking us about this unclaimed division one prize.  Everyone wanted to see the winner collect their division one prize so it’s great the mystery has been solved.”
 
Across Australia, the Waratah winning entry was one of six entries that won a first division prize of $666,666.67 in Monday & Wednesday Lotto draw 3661, with the other five won by Queenslanders who purchased their entries online via thelott.com – Australia’s Official Online Lotteries.
 
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 195 so far this calendar year, including 54 won by NSW Lotteries customers.