winners stories

$2.5 million won in Docklands unclaimed after three weeks!

A registered Oz Lotto entry from the draw just after Christmas on Tuesday 27 December, 2016 won a division one prize of $2.5 million – trouble is, the winner may not know it three weeks on!

A registered Oz Lotto entry from the draw just after Christmas on Tuesday 27 December, 2016 won a division one prize of $2.5 million – trouble is, the winner may not know it three weeks on!

The winner purchased their entry from Victoria Harbour Pharmacy & News, 66 Merchant Street in Docklands, and registered it to a Tatts Card, meaning Tatts has their membership details.

However it appears that the winner’s membership details may be out-of-date as Tatts has had no luck getting in contact with them despite numerous attempts.

Tatts spokesperson Claire Taylor highlighted that as the entry is registered to a Tatts Card there’s no mystery who the winner is, the only mystery is when they’ll find out the Oz Lotto truck is about to back up and deposit $2.5 million into their bank account!

“The division one winning Oz Lotto ticket was purchased from Victoria Harbour Pharmacy & News in Docklands and the winner registered it to their Tatts Card, meaning it’s only a matter of time before they discover they’re about to be $2.5 million richer!” Ms Taylor exclaimed.

“We’ve tried contacting the winner with their registered details but unfortunately it appears that their membership details may be out-of-date since we still haven’t been able to get in contact with them despite numerous attempts during the past three weeks.

“It’s possible that they’re still completely in the dark about their win and we can’t wait to fill them in on the life-changing news!

“That’s why we’ve encouraging all Oz Lotto players who purchased a registered entry in Docklands in the draw 1193, just after Christmas, to check their ticket without delay!

“If you discover that you are holding the registered 5-game marked entry with the six winning numbers - 27, 7, 35, 34, 25, 33 and 28, you should phone Tatts on 131 868 to start the process of claiming your multi-million dollar prize and kick off the new year as a new multi-millionaire.”

Tatts reminds players of the importance of registering their tickets to a Tatts Card and keeping their details up-to-date they can be contacted directly with the good news of a big win.

Throughout Australia, there were two entries that won a first division share of Oz Lotto’s $5 million jackpot prize in draw 1193 on Tuesday 27 December, each worth $2,500,000.

The division one winning entries were purchased in Altona North and Docklands.

The winning numbers in Oz Lotto draw 1193 on Tuesday 27 December 2016 were 27, 7, 35, 34, 25, 33 and 28 with the supplementary numbers 38 and 41.

The Lott’s division one winning entry tally has now reached 226 so far this financial year, including 87 won by Tatts customers.

Young Balwyn man scratches $75,000 Christmas surprise!

A man in his 30s from Melbourne’s eastern suburb of Balwyn received a $75,000 surprise in time for Christmas after an impulse Instant Scratch-Its ticket purchase.

A man in his 30s from Melbourne’s eastern suburb of Balwyn received a $75,000 surprise in time for Christmas after an impulse Instant Scratch-Its ticket purchase.

The man was in great spirits after scoring one of three top prizes on a $5 Christmas Surprise Instant Scratch-Its ticket last month.

“I was at the local news outlet near my work and just randomly decided to buy a scratchie on that day with my TattsLotto ticket,” he explained.

“I’m really lazy, so I hadn’t even scratched the whole ticket when I asked the man to scan the barcode to see if I’d won anything.

“He said ‘It looks like you’ve won some money!’ so we took a closer look and I scratched off the rest of the ticket which revealed the $75 grand!

“It was very exciting! It was such a good feeling, it’s been really, really good!

“I didn’t think anyone won on scratchies, but they obviously do, don’t they!” he laughed.

The Balwyn man said his instant windfall couldn’t have come at a better time.

“It was actually perfect timing right before Christmas! I’d done all my Christmas shopping, but the win meant that I could clear all of my debts and get back on being on top and square again,” he said.

“I’m going to go on a little holiday as well to Vietnam, so it’s things like that I can do now which has been such a blessing.

“It makes for a great start to the year too! It’s been fantastic because I really needed it and it came at the right time. It worked out really well so I won’t be silly with it!”

The overjoyed man, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his top prize winning $5 Christmas Surprise Instant Scratch-Its ticket at St Kilda Road News, 509 St Kilda Road in Melbourne.

St Kilda Road News owner Stephen Read said he was excited to see a regular customer win the top prize.

While his store had sold several division one winning lotto tickets in the past, Mr Read said it was the first time he had sold a top prize winning Scratch-It.

“The winner had an interesting way of playing. He’d scratched a few squares but then asked me to scan the barcode for instant gratification,” he said.

“After he realised how much he’d won he was nervous about losing the ticket. You don’t want to have a ticket like that just lying around.

“I said he needed to go to the head office in Collins Street straight away, so he jumped in the car so he could claim his prize!

“I’m glad I could help as much as I could.”

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

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

Officer’s Christmas Eve TattsLotto winner yet to claim six-figure stocking stuffer

A resident or visitor to the south-east Melbourne suburb of Officer received an early Christmas present by winning division one in TattsLotto’s Christmas Eve draw, but has yet to hear the happy news for themselves.

A resident or visitor to the south-east Melbourne suburb of Officer received an early Christmas present by winning division one in TattsLotto’s Christmas Eve draw, but has yet to hear the happy news for themselves.

TattsLotto has now been waiting more than three weeks for the mystery winner, who purchased a ticket at Arena Lucky Lotto, to check their ticket and claim their first division share of $757,320.06.

TattsLotto draw 3697 was drawn on Saturday 24 December 2016, unveiling the winning numbers: 39, 24, 5, 9, 34 and 4.

TattsLotto spokesperson Claire Taylor said the division one winning ticket had not been registered to a Tatts Card so officials had no clues or contact details for the missing winner.

She said the Officer division one prize was the last to be claimed from the six division one prizes won nationally in that draw.

“We all know Christmas can be a busy time as we wrap up the working year and settle down to enjoy festive cheer with family and friends. But somewhere out there is our mystery winner who has forgotten to check their TattsLotto ticket for the Christmas Eve draw,” she said.

“Imagine waking up on Christmas Day with this six-figure stocking stuffer, but not knowing it! By now, this person could be really enjoying a happy new year!

“We’re putting the call out to help track down the missing winner. The winning ticket may have been stashed away as part of a pre-Christmas clean-up or tucked away in a suitcase or travel bag that’s yet to be unpacked.

“If you purchased an unregistered entry in TattsLotto’s Christmas Eve draw in Officer, there are three-quarters of a million reasons why you should check your ticket now!”

Tatts reminds players of the importance of registering their tickets to a Tatts 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 Arena Lucky Lotto, within Arena Shopping Centre, 4 Cardina Road, Officer.

Arena Lucky Lotto owner Gurmit Singh said the store’s staff were excited to have sold a winning entry and hoped the winner would come back soon to check their ticket.

“We’ve been celebrating with our customers and sharing the exciting news. It’s great news for our lucky customer!” he said.

Anyone who believes they are holding the division one winning entry is urged to keep it in a safe place and contact TattsLotto on 131 868 as soon as possible to start the prize claim process.

Throughout Australia, there were six entries that won the division one prize of $4,543,920.36 in TattsLotto draw 3697 on Saturday 24 December 2016. Half of these winning entries were from Victoria, with the other winners from Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

Along with the division one winning ticket from Officer, the other Victorian entries were purchased from Ringwood and Langwarrin.

The six winning numbers in TattsLotto draw 3697 on Saturday 24 December 2016 were 39, 24, 5, 9, 34 and 4. The supplementary numbers were 15 and 29.

The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 226 so far this financial year, including 65 won by Tatts customers.

Tears of joy for Tasmanian TattsLotto winner!

A woman from a village north-east of Hobart had tears of joy streaming down her face when she realised she’d won more than $1.3 million in TattsLotto!

A woman from a village north-east of Hobart had tears of joy streaming down her face when she realised she’d won more than $1.3 million in TattsLotto!

The happy woman admitted she had a hard time convincing herself it was really happening – that she had in fact become a millionaire overnight.

“We were just at home when we checked the results and when we knew we’d won there were no words, just tears streaming down our faces,” she explained.

“We spent that Sunday trying to find ways of how it could possibly not be real, how somebody must of mucked up somehow!

“We get thrilled when we win $7 or $21 – you know, $1.3 million doesn’t happen to people like us. It’s absolutely life-changing!”

The woman said she had some plans in mind for her windfall, including enjoyinga change of pace.

“Well we’re going to pay our mortgage off, and probably not go back to work again!” she exclaimed.

“It’s accelerated our plans by a couple years so that’s marvellous!

“We don’t want to go overseas, we just want to kick back and enjoy our own little sanctuary at home.”

Despite winning division one, the winner admitted she still planned to continue her relaxing Sunday ritual.

“We buy a Powerball and a TattsLotto ticket each week but they are QuickPicks.

“We’ll keep playing because it’s our Sunday morning ritual. We have a really nice coffee and get our TattsLotto and a couple of scratchies – so we’ll continue with that as well I reckon.”

The winning woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased her 36-game QuickPick from Sorell Lucky Agency, 31 Gordon Street in Sorrell.

Jody Dodge is the manager of Sorell Lucky Agency and was delighted to have sold a division one winning ticket to one of her customers.

“It’s very exciting to sell a division one winning ticket and know that one of your customers is now $1.3 million richer!” Ms Dodge exclaimed.

“Having a win like this has brought such a good vibe to the agency and it’s great news for the Sorell community as well.

“We love to see customers winning prizes – it’s a great feeling!

“It would be wonderful to have another division one winner here before the year’s out!”

Throughout Australia, there were three entries that won a first division prize of $1,359,925.20 in TattsLotto draw 3701 on Saturday 7 January 2017.

Along with the winning entry purchased in Tasmania, two division one winning entries were sold in Western Australia.

The six winning numbers in TattsLotto draw 3701 on Saturday 7 January 2017 were 7, 40, 20, 22, 41 and 19. The supplementary numbers were 5 and 35.

The Lott’s division one winning entry tally has now reached 226 so far this financial year, including 87 won by Tatts customers.

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.

Holiday treat for St Albans Park Super 66 winner!

A retiree from the Geelong suburb of St Albans Park, was thrilled to receive official confirmation from Tatts she’d become more than $62,000 richer on the weekend after her Super 66 entry won first division.

A retiree from the Geelong suburb of St Albans Park, was thrilled to receive official confirmation from Tatts she’d become more than $62,000 richer on the weekend after her Super 66 entry won first division.

The excited woman explained to a Tatts official she had checked the numbers in the paper and discovered she was holding the winning ticket.

“Oh look, I can’t believe it! When I looked at the numbers in the paper I thought the paper may have got them wrong and I was frightened to let myself believe I’d won until I went in the Tatts shop to double check,” the winning woman explained.

“I play three games every week and I’ve never won more than about $30. So this is good – thank you!

“Oh I’m very excited! I just can’t believe it but oh yes – I’m just so thrilled!

“This is really, really great! I’ll be able to share it with my family and I’ll treat myself to a little holiday.”

The regular player, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased her 3-game division one winning QuickPick Super 66 at Bellarine Village Lotto, Shop 12 Bellarine Village, Bellarine Highway in Newcomb.

Ben Kelberg is the owner of Bellarine Village Lotto and was excited to have sold a division one winning Super 66 entry.

“This is great news! Congratulations to our winning customer!” Mr Kelberg exclaimed.

“To have a big win at this time of year is fantastic. We were due to sell a big win - it’s been about two years since our last one so this is great.

“Super 66 is a great add on game to play and the fact it has helped our customer realise their dream is fantastic! We hope it happens again soon.”

It was one of two winning entries that shared the first division prize pool in Super 66 draw 3701. The winning numbers in Super 66 draw 3701 on Saturday 7 January 2017 were 0, 1, 7, 2, 0 and 0.

Super 66 is an add-on game played with TattsLotto, Monday and Wednesday TattsLotto, Oz Lotto, Powerball and The Pools.

The Lott’s division one winning tally is now sitting at 223 so far this financial year, including 87 from Tatts.