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Annandale man wins $100,000 in Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot!

A semi-retired man from the inner west Sydney suburb of Annandale was stunned after realising he’d won the guaranteed 1st Prize in the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot drawn yesterday – a prize of $100,000!

A semi-retired man from the inner west Sydney suburb of Annandale was stunned after realising he’d won the guaranteed 1st Prize in the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot drawn yesterday – a prize of $100,000!

The delighted man purchased just two random numbers online and had no idea he’d won until NSW Lotteries phoned and asked him to log onto his thelott.com account.

“Goodness me! That’s very nice! It’s a mighty good return on two tickets for $2.20 each!” the man exclaimed.

“I’ve been playing for a few years but I’ve only ever won $10 at a time. I’ve never won anything other than a few dollars here and there. $100,000 is fantastic!

“I’ll give my prize money to my kids to enjoy; I’m all holidayed-out myself!

“Good on you, sorry I was so vague before, I thought it might be a scam! But don’t hesitate to ring me again in future!” he laughed.

The 1st Prize winning entry, worth $100,000 in Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot draw 10126 on Thursday 19 January, was purchased online via thelott.com – Australia’s official online lotteries.

The Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot continues to climb with draw 10127 now sitting at more than $5.05 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 or online.

What are the odds? A statistics student wins $10,000 on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket!

A university student from Armidale studying Business Statistics now has real-world experience in the law of probability after winning one of the four top prizes of $10,000 on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket!

A university student from Armidale studying Business Statistics now has real-world experience in the law of probability after winning one of the four top prizes of $10,000 on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket!

The happy teenager admitted it was his studies, rather than the festive season, that prompted him to buy the $1.10 Christmas Gift ticket.

“It was just a random buy! I don’t really usually buy scratchies but I was studying for a university assignment in my Business Statistics class and since I was reading about the law of probability it just popped in my head to go buy an Instant Scratch-Its ticket!” he explained.

“I’ve always thought that winning that type of thing is really hard but I guess I got really lucky!

“I was still in the Plaza carpark when I scratched the ticket and when I saw I won $10,000 I was shocked and speechless! I could barely drive home!

“Luckily my assignment wasn’t due for another few days and I managed to submit it and do pretty well.

“I’m going to save the prize for later down the track until after I graduate. I was thinking of travelling overseas for a little bit once I’m finished.”

The young man, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased the winning ticket from Heagney’s Plaza News, Shop 21 in the Armidale Plaza, 197 Beardy Street in Armidale.

Heagney’s Plaza News owner Athol Heagney said the store erupted in celebration when the man returned to the store shortly after buying the ticket.

“Before selling it to him we had asked him for ID as he looked so young. Ten minutes later, he came back and said ‘I think I’ve won!’,” he said.

“I thought he was putting me on, but I scanned it and shivers he had!

“It’s always an exciting time when we sell a winning ticket!”

The latest range of Instant Scratch-Its tickets are available now at NSW Lotteries outlets. It can happen it an instant. It could happen to you.

The proof is in the pudding for $20,000 Instant Scratch-Its winner!

A man in his 30s from Crows Nest has been dished up one of the five multiple top prizes of $20,000 on a $2 Instant Scratch-Its Christmas Fun ticket!

A man in his 30s from Crows Nest has been dished up one of the five multiple top prizes of $20,000 on a $2 Instant Scratch-Its Christmas Fun ticket!

The happy man, who wishes to remain anonymous, explained his whole family was enjoying Christmas dinner at home when he got an extra sweet treat of $20,000 under his plum pudding.

“For more than 20 years our family has followed a Christmas tradition of serving plum pudding for dessert, but with a scratchie wrapped in foil underneath on the bowl,” he said.

“So once we all cleaned up our pudding and started scratching our tickets, it took me about five minutes to realise I’d won $20,000. I was staring blankly at the ticket making sure I wasn’t seeing things!

“No-one believed me! My wife asked if I won anything and I replied ‘Yes, I think I won 20 grand!’ so she took it off me and said ‘Wow, you really did!’.

“Then everyone else took it off her and it pretty much went around the whole table to prove it! We were all more in sheer shock than anything else.

“Everyone had such a good day and this topped it all off. I’d say the tradition is going to continue on now for many years to come!

“We definitely came out on top of the Christmas budget this year!

“We’ll put the prize money towards a deposit for a new home and we’ll take the family out for a classy meal somewhere.”

The winning ticket was purchased at Chase Nextra, Shop B-011 in the Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre on 345 Victoria Avenue in Chatswood.

Chase Nextra manager John Avery said it was exciting to think that one of his customers enjoyed an especially festive season.

“It’s always great to hear when a customer wins – particularly around Christmas time. Someone got an extra gift from Santa this Christmas!” he said.

“Hopefully that’s that start of a winning streak for our customers and they can enjoy a very lucky 2017!”

The latest range of Instant Scratch-Its tickets are available now at NSW Lotteries outlets.

It can happen it an instant. It could happen to you.

Jaw-dropping $25,000 instant win for Hunter couple!

A married couple from the Port Stephens area in the Hunter region of New South Wales has kicked off 2017 with a New Year’s bonus after scratching one of two top prizes of $25,000 on a $2 Instant Scratch-Its ticket!

A married couple from the Port Stephens area in the Hunter region of New South Wales has kicked off 2017 with a New Year’s bonus after scratching one of two top prizes of $25,000 on a $2 Instant Scratch-Its ticket! T

he delighted wife explained she won the $25,000 winning ticket as a free ticket prize on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket, which turned her frown upside down.

“I was a bit down so I was just wandering around the shops and I thought I’d go collect the $2 free ticket prize I’d won on a scratchie,” she said.

“So I took it home and my husband actually scratched it. We were sitting in the lounge room and I saw him staring at it and then he took his glasses off, put them back on, turned the ticket over, turned it back again and said to me ‘I think you better take a look at this’.

“He reckons the look on my face was just priceless when I realised I’d won $25,000 - my mouth just dropped open and then I started screaming!

“We had to keep looking at it and asking ourselves ‘Is it real? Is it really real?’.

“Now we won’t be able to take the smile off our faces for a while. It’s unbelievable!

“We’re battlers and we’ll be putting it towards a house deposit, so you wouldn’t believe how much this is going to help us.”

The couple, who wish to remain anonymous, purchased the top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket at Terrace Plaza Newsagency, Shop 18 in Terrace Plaza on Sturgeon Street in Raymond Terrace.

Nicole Smith is the owner of Terrace Plaza Newsagency and was delighted to have made her customer’s day. “

What a wonderful surprise to have uncovered the top prize of $25,000, particularly considering it was scratched on a free ticket prize!” Mrs Smith exclaimed.

“We’re delighted for our winning customers and wish them all the best with their prize!”

It’s not the first top prize for customers of Terrace Plaza Newsagency, in June 2015 they sold a Saturday Lotto ticket that won a division one prize worth more than $722,000!

The latest range of Instant Scratch-Its tickets are available now at NSW Lotteries outlets. It can happen it an instant. It could happen to you.

Bathurst father to ‘Live the Life’ with Instant Scratch-Its weekly fun fund!

Imagine receiving $1000 in your bank account each and every week for five years! That’s what a Bathurst father is looking forward to after scratching one of four top prizes on the $5 Live the Life Black Instant Scratch-Its ticket.

Imagine receiving $1000 in your bank account each and every week for five years! That’s what a Bathurst father is looking forward to after scratching one of four top prizes on the $5 Live the Life Black Instant Scratch-Its ticket.

The happy dad admitted he was a nightmare to buy gifts for so always asked for Instant Scratch-Its tickets on special occasions.

“I’m still a bit in shock! This is surreal! I can’t believe it!” the man exclaimed.

“I’m a very hard person to buy for so I tell my kids for my birthday and Christmas to buy me scratchies – so this year my daughter did just that for my Christmas gift.

“I started scratching the tickets and I won $20 on one, and given it was Christmas I’d had a couple of drinks, so I put them aside and didn’t realise I’d won anything else, but thought I’d better check it again later.

“It wasn’t until the middle of the next day that I double-checked them and then realised hey, wow there’s a winner here!”

The man admitted he had kept a very close eye on his winning ticket until he submitted his claim and couldn’t wait to start receiving the $1000 prize instalments.

“Because of the holidays and the public holidays I couldn’t bring the ticket in to claim it right away so I’ve been guarding it – sleeping with it in my pillow case!” he laughed.

“I just haven’t left it out of my sight. Even if I ducked down the road for 10 minutes I’ll take it with me and keep checking my pocket! But now it’s a relief to swap it for my prize of $1000 a week.”

The top prize winning $5 Instant Scratch-Its Live the Live Black ticket was purchased from Silva’s Newsagency, Shop 3 in Centrepoint Bathurst, 177 Howick Street in Bathurst.

Silva’s Newsagency manager Vicki Howard said the store’s team was very excited to have sold a top prize Scratch-It ticket.

“We love it when our customers win something. We have many prize winning tickets under our belt, including first division lotto and others,” she said.

“It’s lovely to see someone win something, and for it to go to a father with a family is perfect.

“Live the Life is the Scratch-It I always thought I would want to win!”

The latest range of Instant Scratch-Its tickets are available now at NSW Lotteries outlets.

It can happen it an instant. It could happen to you.

Could Friday 13th be your new lucky day?

Friday the 13th is considered by many to be an unlucky day. With the first of two black Friday’s this calendar year upon us, 2017 could be the year you consider ignoring the superstition and embracing the day. You may even want to try your ‘luck’ buying a lotto entry on Friday the 13th!

Friday the 13th is considered by many to be an unlucky day. With the first of two black Friday’s this calendar year upon us, 2017 could be the year you consider ignoring the superstition and embracing the day. You may even want to try your ‘luck’ buying a lotto entry on Friday the 13th!

Regardless if you fear or embrace the day, Friday the 13th traditionally sees a range of unusual superstitious beliefs come to light, and the issue of luck is one that keeps people talking.

Tatts Lotteries asked almost 6,000 Australian adults whether they had any superstitious lotto rituals such as buying from the same lottery outlet or playing with special or significant numbers.

The research, conducted by ReachTEL, revealed that 39.2% of total people surveyed would prefer to choose their own lucky numbers to play based on birthdays, anniversaries and other significant numbers, while the rest (60.8%) were happy to have their numbers randomly selected and computer generated such as a QuickPick entry or by marking a random pattern on the coupon (refer to table 1).

Women were much more likely to be sentimental than men when picking their favourite lotto numbers with 45.6% of women compared to 32.5% of men saying they’d use birthdays, anniversaries and significant numbers – perhaps that’s because men are often renowned for forgetting special dates!

Interestingly, many division one winners have told Tatts Group Lotteries over the years when checking draw results they immediately recognised their own significant numbers and knew they’d won right away!

The research also revealed around one third (32.1%) of Australian adults said they felt more optimistic about their chances of winning if they chose the numbers themselves, with Victorian and New South Wales respondents feeling more strongly about this than any other state surveyed (refer to table 2).

In terms of ‘lucky outlets’ and whether people believed where you buy your lottery ticket could enhance your chances of winning, only around a quarter of people believed it could make a difference (refer to table 3).

Tatts Group Lotteries spokesperson Elissa Lewis said that no matter what you believe in, this Black Friday was as good a day as any to buy an entry for your chance to win.

“With draws in Set for Life occurring every day of the year, this Friday the 13th is the first opportunity in 2017 for customers to embrace the day and purchase an entry into the Black Friday draw and have the chance to turn the tables on superstition and win the 1st Prize of $20,000 each and every month for the next 20 years,” Ms Lewis said.

“All Tatts Lotteries games are entertaining games of chance where all numbers are drawn randomly with an equal chance of being drawn. This however doesn’t stop some players from believing in certain routines for purchasing entries or habitually choosing certain numbers to play.

“We hear interesting stories all the time about luck and superstitions from our players, including dreams predicting of a win, fortune tellers foreseeing riches, and quirky ways of choosing numbers.

“While no one can summon the winning numbers on a crystal ball, you can still take the time to carefully consider how you choose what will hopefully become your life-changing numbers!

“At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter where you buy your ticket, and there’s no right or wrong way to choose your numbers; you just have to be in it to win it, so why not fun with it have!

If you want to purchase an entry into Set for Life’s Black Friday draw or buy a lotto entry on Friday the 13th, you can purchase an entry in-store or online at thelott.com.

Table 1

Q: Of the following, how would you choose your numbers for the lottery?
 

Total

Female

Male

Significant numbers such as birthdays or anniversaries

39.2%

45.6%

32.5%

At random

60.8%

54.4%

67.5%

  
Table 2
 
Q: If you purchase a lottery ticket, do you feel more optimistic about your chances of winning and if you choose the numbers yourself rather than a QuickPick?
 

Total

QLD

VIC

NSW

SA

I feel that I'm more likely to win if I choose the number myself

32.1%

29.3%

33.2%

33.4%

29.5%

It makes no difference to me how the numbers are chosen

67.9%

70.7%

66.8%

66.6%

70.5%

 
Table 3
 
Q: Do you think where you buy your lottery ticket increases your chances of winning?
 

Total

Female

Male

QLD

VIC

NSW

SA

Yes

22.1%

22.0%

22.3%

21.5%

21.1%

25.2%

21.8%

No

77.9%

78.0%

77.7%

78.5%

78.9%

74.8%

78.2%

 
This survey was conducted using an automated telephone based survey system among 5,964 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.