Winners Stories

Woman strikes gold in Ballarat with $3 million Powerball windfall

A woman who was travelling around Australia struck gold in Ballarat when she stopped to purchase her winning 8-game marked Powerball entry that won her $3 million dollars.

A woman who was travelling around Australia struck gold in Ballarat when she stopped to purchase her winning 8-game marked Powerball entry that won her $3 million dollars.

The woman who was visiting from interstate stopped at Sebastopol Lotto & Cards, Shop 2, 42-45 Albert Street, Sebastopol on her journey home to place her regular lotto games and pick up her Powerball entry.

The woman’s 8-game marked entry was the only division one winning entry across Australia in last night’s Powerball draw, draw 1105 on Thursday 20 July 2017.

When a Tatts official phoned the woman this morning to break the life-changing news the woman admitted she had a suspicion why the Tatts official was calling.

 “I have inkling to why you are calling – I think I know I’ve won!” the woman laughed.

“I had a look last night and I saw the numbers up the top and I said – my god I’ve got it!

“Thank you, thank you – I thank you!”

The woman admitted she had played the same numbers for years on her marked entry.

“I’ve had a few numbers I play on a regular basis and I’ve been playing those for years!

“I buy a Saturday Lotto in advance for every five weeks, so I stopped to put in my new Lotto’s and bought the Powerball ticket on the day of the draw!”

When asked how she planned to spend her Powerball windfall, the woman said that most of it would be shared with her family but she plans on treating herself to a new car.

Sebastopol Lotto & Cards manager Craig Edwards said the team were thrilled to have sold another winning division one entry.

“We’ve sold 12 large wins throughout the past 30 years or so and we are excited to add this one to the list!

“We’ve previously sold one other $3 million dollar ticket in 2013 so we are really excited to have made another millionaire!

“Every person who has come through our door this morning has been told we sold the winning Powerball entry and we are decorating the outlet to celebrate the news.

“We congratulate the winner again on their prize and wish them all the best with their new multi-millionaire status!”

The winning numbers in Powerball draw 1105 on Thursday 20 July 2017 were 23, 14, 22, 25, 15 and 5, while the all-important Powerball number was 9.

Last financial year, 18 Powerball division one winning entries across the Lott’s jurisdictions won more than $273 million. During this time, the biggest individual division one Powerball prize was won by a syndicate of Queensland Government workers who took home $55 million.

The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 208 so far this calendar year, including 68 won by Tatts customers.

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.

Hard-working Melbourne man has unforgettable Monday after TattsLotto windfall

A hard-working Melbourne man in his 40’s has had a Monday morning to remember after discovering he’d won division one in Saturday’s TattsLotto draw, taking home a $985,744.11 prize!
A hard-working Melbourne man in his 40’s has had a Monday morning to remember after discovering he’d won division one in Saturday’s TattsLotto draw, taking home a $985,744.11 prize!
 
When a TattsLotto official phoned to confirm his 12-game QuickPick online entry was a winner he didn’t let the life-changing news get in the way of work, when he put the phone down to serve a customer during the call.
 
“I’m sorry – can you repeat that number again?” the man asked in disbelief after returning to the life changing phone call.
 
“Wow! That’s really exciting! – I think I need to go cool down for a moment.”
 
As the news of the win sunk in, the man couldn’t fathom how he would spend his TattsLotto windfall.
 
“I have no idea! My mind is blank! I’ve never really thought that I would win such a large amount.
 
“I will have to discuss it with my wife!” the man admitted.
 
The regular TattsLotto player, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought his division one winning 12-game QuickPick entry online and admitted he prefers online tickets because he can buy them at the last minute if he forgets to pick one up for his local authorised lottery outlet.
 
“I try to play every Saturday when I remember, and if I don’t get a chance to go into an outlet, I can just grab one online,” the man explained.
 
Throughout Australia, there were four entries that each won a division one prize of $985,744.11 in TattsLotto draw 3755 on Saturday 15 July 2017.
 
The winning numbers in TattsLotto draw 3755 were 25, 44, 41, 11, 11 and 22. The supplementary numbers were 9 and 23.  
 
Last financial year, there were 275 division one winning TattsLotto entries across the Lott’s jurisdictions, which collectively won more than $283 million. 
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 205 so far this calendar year, including 67 won by Tatts customers.

Berwick's division one winning TattsLotto ticket found in wallet six months after draw!

A Berwick man has had a Friday he will never forget after he discovered he had been walking around with a division one winning TattsLotto ticket worth more than half-a-million-dollars in his back pocket for the past six months!
A Berwick man has had a Friday he will never forget after he discovered he had been walking around with a division one winning TattsLotto ticket worth more than half-a-million-dollars in his back pocket for the past six months!

The man’s winning 12-game QuickPick entry won the division one prize of $509,614.77 in TattsLotto draw 3707 on Saturday 28 January 2017.  But he had been completely oblivious to his win, with the winning ticket stashed in his wallet.

As the winning ticket was unregistered, Tatts officials had no way to contact the ticketholder and during the past six months numerous call outs have been made for Berwick locals and visitors to check their TattsLotto tickets.

The winning entry was purchased from Berwick Lucky Lotto, 33 High Street, Berwick.

Speaking to a Tatts official today, the delighted Berwick pensioner explained reading a local newspaper article about the unclaimed prize had spurred him into checking his old TattsLotto tickets in his wallet.

“I went into Berwick Lucky Lotto where I regularly buy my TattsLotto tickets and they had up on their wall a newspaper story about the unclaimed ticket they had sold and I thought ‘it couldn’t be me!’,” he said with a laugh.

The winner confessed one of his bad habits was responsible for the delay in the discovery of his  win.

“I have a really bad habit of getting my TattsLotto tickets, and the previous draw results, and stuffing them both in my wallet and not checking them,” he explained.

“It was getting so full of tickets that I couldn’t close it, so it was only yesterday when I sat down and went through them all that I realised I had won!

“I went through the ticket and got the shock of my life when I saw one ticket where the six numbers had came up!”

The jubilant man said the 167-day delay in realising he was a division one winner was a lesson for other TattsLotto players.

“Always check your tickets or put them through the machine at the outlet!” he urged emphatically.
“Thank god for that newspaper article!”

When asked how he planned to spend his newly discovered windfall, the man admitted he wasn’t exactly sure how he would spoil himself.

“There will be plenty of time for that - plenty of trips away I hope!” he added gleefully.

The Berwick win had been unclaimed for 167 days and has been claimed just two weeks shy of the six-month deadline for claiming prizes  from Tatts.  

While Tatts prizes do not expire, division one winning prizes can only be claimed from Tatts for six months.  After that time, they need to be claimed from the Victorian State Revenue Office.

Berwick Lucky Lotto owner Lisa Choy said the outlet was wrapped the unclaimed prize had been united with its rightful owner.

“It’s been a mystery that has gone on for more than five months and our customers are always asking if that prize has been claimed yet,” she said.

“We’re excited to be able to tell everyone that the winner has come forward and they are now enjoying their windfall.

“We hope the winner enjoys their prize – it’s better late than never!”

Another unclaimed prize in Berwick

While one unclaimed prize mystery has been solved, there is another unclaimed and unregistered division one win in Victoria – also from Berwick.

Tatts is yet to hear the scream of delight from the mystery TattsLotto player who purchased their winning entry for TattsLotto draw 3743 on Saturday 3 June 2017 from Berwick Village Lotto, Berwick Market Place in Berwick.

This unregistered entry won a division one prize of $2,047,344.47.

Tatts spokesperson Bronnie Spencer said she was eager to unite another Berwick division one winner with their prize and urged all TattsLotto players to check their tickets as soon as possible.
“The winning ticket to this remaining unclaimed prize could be hidden in plain sight just like the one today!” she said.

“It could be sitting in the bottom of your handbag, staring at you from your fridge door or tucked away in your car glovebox.  There’s more than $2 million reasons why it would pay to have a hunt around the home for old tickets!

“Our advice to any TattsLotto player who thinks they may be holding the division one winning ticket is to contact Tatts as soon as possible on 131 868 to begin the process of claiming your prize.”

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.

Throughout Australia, there were eight entries that won a division one prize of $509,614.77 in TattsLotto draw 3707 on Saturday 28 January 2017.

The winning numbers in TattsLotto draw 3707 were 19, 6, 37, 28, 10 and 40. The supplementary numbers were 33 and 8.  

Last financial year, there were 275 division one winning TattsLotto entries across the Lott’s jurisdictions, which collectively won more than $283 million. 
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 202 so far this calendar year, including 66 won by Tatts customers.

Bendigo woman plans fun-filled retirement with $6 million Powerball win!

A retired woman from Bendigo received what she described as the best phone call of her life this morning when a Tatts official phoned to confirm she was now $6 million richer.
A retired woman from Bendigo received what she described as the best phone call of her life this morning when a Tatts official phoned to confirm she was now $6 million richer.
 
The overjoyed woman’s 12-game QuickPick was the only division one winning entry across Australia in last night’s Powerball draw, draw 1104 on Thursday 13 July 2017.
 
When a Tatts official called her first thing this morning to break the winning news, the elated woman answered immediately and admitted she had been waiting for the call.
 
“I was hoping you were going to ring me – just so I knew it wasn’t a dream!” the retiree exclaimed.
 
“It’s just unreal; I keep thinking to myself ‘did it really happen?’.
 
“I checked the numbers online last night and when I checked all of them off I couldn’t believe it!
 
“I woke up my hubby who was asleep in bed and said to him ‘there has been one Powerball winner and I think I am it!’.
 
“He didn’t believe me because he was still half asleep!”
 
The woman declared her husband did believe her now as he had already helped her plan how they will spend their $6 million windfall.
 
“We will probably help our kids out and pay off the house, but we’ve always wanted to go to Canada in the winter to see the snow scenes – it just looks gorgeous!” the winner exclaimed.
 
“The hubby already has had it all spent in his mind and is planning on buying a boat. He and my son-in-law go fishing so now they’ll be able to puddle down the river and catch some cod.
 
“It will get him out from under my feet!”
 
The jubilant retiree also has plans to treat herself too.
 
“While he is off fishing I’m going to re-do my craft room and buy a heap more craft stuff!” she laughed.
 
The elated woman confirmed she was a regular player and bought her 12-game QuickPick entry every week from Eaglehawk Authorised Newsagency, 27-29 High Street, Eaglehawk 3556, where the winning entry was purchased.
 
Eaglehawk Authorised Newsagency owner Leo Trainor said he was thrilled to have sold another winning entry.
 
“We’ve sold three division one entries in the past six years, but this is the biggest jackpot we have sold!
 
“We are as excited as the lucky recipient that we’ve sold a winning entry and are so glad it has gone to a local member of our community.
 
“We have such a great community here in Eaglehawk and the win will be a great boost to the area.
 
“It goes to show that wins do happen and you just need to have a ticket to win!”
 
The six winning numbers in Powerball draw 1104 on Thursday 13 July 2017 were 28, 24, 30, 12, 9 and 1, while the all-important Powerball number was 9.
 
Across Australia, there was only one division one winning entry in Powerball draw 1104.
 
Last financial year, 18 Powerball winning entries across the Lott’s jurisdictions won more than $273 million.  During this time, the biggest individual division one Powerball prize was won by a syndicate of Queensland Government workers who took home $55 million.
 
The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 202 so far this calendar year, including 66 won by Tatts customers.