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Are you living in a lottery hotspot? Victoria tops 2016 Lotto lists!

Australia’s 2016 Lotto hotspots have shown fortune is shining on Victoria, with the state taking home more division one lottery prizes than anywhere else in the country!

Australia’s 2016 Lotto hotspots have shown fortune is shining on Victoria, with the state taking home more division one lottery prizes than anywhere else in the country!

During the past 12 months, between 1 December 2015 and 30 November 2016, Victorian lottery players have enjoyed 156 division one prizes and have pocketed more than $244.6 million in division one prize money.

Victoria has been crowned the country’s Top Lotto State with 156 division one winning entries representing about 30% of the 503 division one prizes nationwide.

It easily trumped its nearest neighbours; New South Wales with 117 division one prizes and Queensland with 99 division one prizes.

As for the Victorian postcodes that have produced the most division one winners in the past 12 months, metropolitan Melbournians have been in luck.

Lottery players purchasing in the Victorian postcodes of; 3000 for Melbourne CBD and 3064 for Craigieburn & Roxburgh Park (northern Melbourne), have proved to be the most fortunate in 2016, topping the Victorian hotspots list for having sold the most division one winning tickets in 2016.

Each of these postcodes (3000 & 3064) boast selling four division one winning entries sold within the 12 month period totalling more than $9.4 million and $3.7 million in division one prize money respectively.

Hot on their heels selling three division one winning entries each are postcodes; 3029 for Hoppers Crossing & Tarneit (south-west Melbourne) scoring more than $5.8 million, 3072 for Preston (northern Melbourne) where $4.4 million in prize money landed and finally, 3038 for Keilor Downs & Taylors Lakes (north-west Melbourne) collecting more than $2.3 million.

Casting the net a little wider if you take a look at Victoria’s hotspot regions for 2016, it reveals that the Melbourne – north region has claimed the top honours, with 27 division one winning tickets sold in the area in the past 12 months winning more than $26 million in division one prize money.

Melbourne regions rounded out the top five hotspots regions, but were closely followed by the Murray region in sixth place with 14 division one winning tickets sold totalling more than $22.2 million in division one prize money, and the Goldfields region in seventh place with 10 sold winning more than $10.7 million.

Also notable were the regions of Gippsland, Geelong & the Bellarine, and Mornington Peninsula which each sold five division one winning entries.

$40 million of Victoria’s division one prize money was won by one happy couple from the town of Leongatha known for its dairy industry and daffodil festival.

The $40 million jackpot Oz Lotto prize was won in May with a 36-game QuickPick entry and has taken out the biggest prize won by one entry in the State in 2016.

The runner-up for biggest multi-millionaire created was a Melbourne man who won $20 million in Oz Lotto in August with an entry purchased online via thelott.com.

Regional Victoria also claimed the state’s second biggest prize with a division one Powerball prize worth $12.5 million won in October in the Goulburn Valley town of Tatura.

Tatts spokesperson Elissa Lewis said that the past 12 months had proven to be another winning year for lottery players around the country with many memorable tales of winners from 2016.

“Reflecting back on the year, there’s certainly a number of division one winning stories from 2016 that have really resonated with people,” Ms Lewis explained.

“Victoria kicked off its winning year in February when it claimed twin wins in Set for Life with consecutive, back to back 1st Prize wins of $20,000 each month for 20 years won in draw 197 and 198 won in Churchill and Irymple - by a hobby fisherman and a green-thumb!

“After an intense three day search in May, a $40 million Oz Lotto prize was claimed by a married couple from Victoria’s dairy farming town of Leongatha.

“In August a Melbourne man started preparing for a new beginning as a full-time traveller after winning $20 million in Oz Lotto!

“September proved to be a month for sharing with the $21 Million Superdraw delivering 11 division one winning entries worth $1.9 million each won around the country. Among them was a workplace syndicate of 51 hard-working aged care workers in Croydon North who embodied the saying ‘sharing is caring!’

“Ground hog day ground to a halt for a Maroondah city man who got the news on his daily train commute to work that he’d won $10 million in Oz Lotto!

“In October, a mature aged couple from Tatura declared they would finally take a holiday after winning $12.5 million in Powerball.

“To finish off the 12 month period, Set for Life welcomed it’s 15th ever 1st Prize winner - a family from Bacchus Marsh who plan to visit Santa in Santa Claus village in Finland and see the Northern lights!”

Ms Lewis said that although Victoria sold more division one winning entries than other state in 2016, it does not mean that a ticket purchased in that state has more chance of winning than any other ticket.

“While it’s tempting to think about rushing to the lotto hotspots to buy your next ticket, lotto players should remember that lottery games are entertaining games of chance and every number on your ticket has an equal chance of being drawn, no matter where you buy your ticket,” Ms Lewis said.

“There’s no way of knowing where the next big lotto prize will land and there’s only one way to improve your chances of winning – buy a ticket!”

The highly anticipated release of Australia’s 2016 Lotto Hotspots comes as the countdown begins to the $31 Million NYE Megadraw on 31 December 2016! Imagine what you could add to your New Year’s Resolution List if you became a midnight millionaire!

Tatts is expecting a lot of interest in the $31 Million NYE Megadraw, so customers are advised to get in early and purchase their entry for the chance to start 2016 with a bang and a chance to share in the massive $31 million division one prize pool.

Tatts Group Lotteries customers are encouraged to register their entries to a player card. Not only does registration ensure their prize is secure, it also ensures they can be contacted directly with news of a division one win.

Top three Lotto states ranked by most frequent division one wins across all lotto games

Rank  State   Prizes Won Total Prizes 
 1  Victoria  156  $244,655,148.97
 2  New South Wales  117  $268,339,795.95
 3  Queensland  99  $201,719,586.42

Top 3 biggest division one prizes across all lotto games – Victoria

 Rank  Game     

 Draw No

 Draw Date   Selling Outlet  Suburb Postcode   Division One Prize
 1  Oz Lotto 1162   24/05/2016 Nextra Leongatha Newsagency  Leongatha   3953 $40,000,000.00 
 2  Oz Lotto  1175  23/08/2016  Online  Online  Online  $20,000,000.00
 3  Powerball 1065  13/10/2016   newsXpress Tatura  Tatura 3616   $12,500,000.00

2016 LOTTO HOTSPOT POSTCODES

Top 5 postcodes with the most frequent division one prizes won across all games – Victoria

Rank  Postcode  Location  Frequency Total Prize Amount   Biggest Prize Amount
 1 3000   Melbourne CBD  4   $9,400,987.20  $6,000,000.00 
 2  3064  Craigieburn & Roxburgh Park  4  $3,706,973,67  $1,909,090.91
 3  3029  Hoppers Crossing & Tarneit  3  $5,818,181.82  $2,000,000.00
 4  3072  Preston  3  $4,404,009.50  $1,909,090.91
 5  3038  Keilor Downs & Taylors Lake   3  $2,386,440.21   $1,000,000.00

Top 5 postcodes with the highest total division one prize amount across all games – Victoria

Rank  Postcode   Location Frequency Total Prize Amount   Biggest Prize Amount
 1  3616 Tatura   2   $13,676,470.59  $12,500,000.00
 2  3000  Melbourne  4  $9,400,987.20  $6,000,000.00
 3  3029  Hoppers Crossing & Tarneit  3  $5,818,181.82  $2,000,000.00
 4  3152  Wantirna  2  $5,000,000.00  $3,000,000.00
 5  3072  Preston  3  $4,404,009.50  $1,909,090.91

2016 LOTTO HOTSPOT REGIONS

Top 10 regions with the most frequent division one wins across all games – Victoria

 Rank  Region  Frequency  Total Prize Amounts  Biggest Prize Amount
 1  Melbourne - North  27  $26,004,060.08  $2,100,000.00 
 2  Melbourne - Southeast  23  $24,030,135.97  $5,028,247.45
 3  Melbourne - East  16  $23,636,668.82  $10,000,000.00
 4  Melbourne - West  15  $25,889,124.83  $7,500,000.00
 5  Murray  14  $22,222,465.96  $12,500,000.00
 6  Goldfields  10  $10,777,691.35  $2,100,000.00
 7  Melbourne - City  7  $11,517,003.98  $6,000,000.00
 8  Geelong & the Bellarine  5  $3, 898,881.04  $1,380,313.01
 9  Gippsland  5  $43,412,146.51  $40,000,000.00
 10  Mornington Peninsula  5  $6,802,292.20  $2,080,380.66

Notes 

  • The above information is compiled from division one wins in Victoria from 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2016.
  • The above information includes Tatts games; TattsLotto, Monday & Wednesday Lotto, Oz Lotto, Powerball, Lucky Lotteries, Super 66 and The Pools.
  • The above information excludes Set for Life due to the ongoing payment of the prize.
  • The above information is inclusive of entries purchased online via thelott.com.
  • The above information is inclusive of store, group and central syndicates.

VICTORIAN WINNERS STORY EXTRACTS 2016

“It’s always been our plan that if we won the lottery, even $1 million, that we would share the money with many good causes – and now that plan has just grown a lot bigger. Giving some back is what it’s all about; we fully believe in that. The biggest change for us after winning will be being able to retire and not being under the clock.”– Leongatha couple, $40 million Oz Lotto, May 2016

“$20 million is just off the charts! It just opens up a pandora’s box of opportunities. We’ll just wait and see! I could certainly become a full-time traveller now!” – Melbourne man, $20 million Oz Lotto, August 2016

“We’ve been thinking about taking an overseas holiday for years – one or two places come to mind. It’s all starting to sink in now and so far we’re managing to keep a lid on it!” – Tatura couple, $12.5 million Powerball, October 2016

"Fair dinkum! Wow, wow, wow, WOW! I’m a keen hobby fisherman so whenever I get the chance and the weather is good, I’m out in my boat! Now I’ll have a lot less worries and a lot more time to spend fishing!" – Churchill, Set for Life, February 2016

"We’ve got the first lot planned! We’re going to hire a house boat to take a trip down the Murray River with our family to celebrate! I’ll also be able to expand my garden as I’m a bit of a green-thumb! We can also take a well-deserved holiday for the first time in 45 years!" – Irymple, Set for Life, February 2016

"I put together the syndicates for our workplace for the big draws - I hang signs up all around the place for $2 to enter, and this time we’ve cracked it! It works out to be roughly a bit over $37,000 each – which we are all extremely grateful for, we’ve got nothing to complain about! A lot of people have said you don’t know how much this has helped me!" – Croydon North Aged Care workers, TattsLotto Superdraw, September 2016

"I can’t think straight! I am so surprised, I am off the planet! I’m tripping off the moon, off the planet! Geez I can’t believe it! It’s going to change my life! Hopefully I don’t get struck by lightning on the way home. I think I might be getting a new car and taking a holiday overseas. I’ll be able to help family out and it’ll put me on a bright path for my future." – Maroondah City man, $10 million Oz Lotto, September 2016.

"Oh my god! Oh my god! We’ve been struggling for so long! That’s the most amazing thing! I’m pacing around the place, I can’t stand still! We’ve had nothing in life and we’ve been to hell and back. Now I feel like the luckiest woman in the world!" – Bacchus Marsh woman, Set for Life, November 2016

Life-changing $250K surprise for Frankston mother!

A mother from Frankston joked she could surprise her son by picking him up from school in a helicopter or limousine to break the news that she’d scratched the top prize of $250,000 on a $10 Instant Scratch-Its ticket.

A mother from Frankston joked she could surprise her son by picking him up from school in a helicopter or limousine to break the news that she’d scratched the top prize of $250,000 on a $10 Instant Scratch-Its ticket.

Jokes aside, the overjoyed woman admitted she almost fainted when she revealed the $250,000 prize which she said meant the world to her family.

“I was standing in a bank queue about to make a small savings deposit to put towards a computer for my son when I decided to play my scratchie,” the woman explained.

“I asked the lady in front of me in the line to double check I wasn’t seeing things and then I sort of had to grab her arm because I felt all the blood rush out of my head and I thought I would faint!

“I screamed ‘Oh my god, no it can’t be!’ and I don’t think she could believe it either!”

The emotional woman said the Instant Scratch-Its prize would turn her life around.

“I’d been having a bad run of luck – but not anymore!” she exclaimed. “I don’t know how to describe it. I’m half way between having a huge smile on my face but I’m crying with tears of happiness in my eyes at the same time.

“I can finally buy my son a computer for his school work – that will be the first thing I do!

“I will also put a deposit on a home and I’ll never have to worry about moving house again!

“When I was mucking around I would say I wish I could just buy a Winnebago and take my home with me wherever I go, and now I really could!

“Maybe I’ll shout the whole family to a trip to the Royal Melbourne Show next year!

“If I was really cheeky I could go surprise my son by picking him up from school in a helicopter! Or I could hire a limo and pop out the roof top with a little rose between my teeth and he’d be going ‘What’s going on Mum? You’re embarrassing me,’” she laughed.

The overjoyed woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased her top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its $10 ticket at Cignall Frankston (the monkey shop), 8 Thompson Street in Frankston.

Robert Macaro is the owner of Cignall Frankston and was thrilled to have sold a life-changing $250,000 top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket to one of his loyal customers.

“On behalf of my staff and myself, I would like to congratulate our lucky winner, and express our elation and happiness as this very substantial prize could not have gone to a more deserving person,” Mr Macaro exclaimed.

“We wish our happy regular customer all the very best in her "new" life and send her many thanks for her custom over the years!”

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.

Epsom mum ends 2016 on a $25,000 high note!

2016 is ending on a high note for one Epsom mother after she won an Instant Scratch-Its top prize of $25,000!

2016 is ending on a high note for one Epsom mother after she won an Instant Scratch-Its top prize of $25,000!

The winner admitted it was a surprise but a lovely way to end the year, revealing she had an entire weekend for the surprise instant win to sink in before she claimed her prize.

“When I scratched my ticket on Friday I realised I’d won but I was working all weekend so I didn’t have time to claim my prize until the week after!” the winner exclaimed.

“I had the entire weekend for the surprise of my win to sink in and it definitely made getting through work easier!

“It’s very exciting but still a bit surreal as well.”

The Epsom mother shared that her unexpected bonus had quickly been put to good use.

“We’ve paid off bills, put a bit in the bank and also shared some with the kids – I think they’ve come out in front because it’s almost all gone!” the winner laughed.

“It’s such an unexpected bonus that it’s been nice to pay off a few things, share with family and start 2017 on a high.”

The top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its $1 ticket was purchased at Epsom Lotto & Gifts, Shop 12 in Village Epsom, 16-40 Howard Street, Epsom.

Mellanie Trowell is the manager of Epsom Lotto & Gifts and was thrilled to discover their outlet had sold a top prize winning Instant Scratch-Its ticket.

“It’s been very exciting for us!” Ms Trowell exclaimed.

“The mother brought her family in to check their Instant Scratch-Its ticket and it was lovely to share in their good news!

“It’s a great time of the year to win and we wish them all the best.”

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.

Cheltenham couple 'dumbstruck' with TattsLotto win!

A couple from Melbourne’s south-eastern suburb of Cheltenham was dumbstruck when they discovered the dream-come-true news they’d won a division one prize in TattsLotto worth more than $673,000!

A couple from Melbourne’s south-eastern suburb of Cheltenham was dumbstruck when they discovered the dream-come-true news they’d won a division one prize in TattsLotto worth more than $673,000!

The winning woman shared she was very excited when her notification email from Tatts appeared to be alluding to a big windfall.

“This is actually unbelievable! Oh my god!” the winning woman exclaimed.

“Every Sunday morning I check my emails on my phone and there’s usually one there from Tatts saying ‘Congratulations, you’ve won $23 or so’ but this time it was different, it said ‘Congratulations, you have had a substantial win!’

“My husband was still in bed and I said, well I won’t tell you what I said exactly, but I said ‘QUICK! YOU’VE GOT TO GET UP! IT’S ABOUT TATTSLOTTO!’

“After reading the email he said ‘Well don’t get too excited, it’s probably like $500 or something!’ but I didn’t care, even if it was $500 I was still so excited!

“Then I checked the results and my ticket and I looked at my husband and asked ‘how many numbers do you need for third division?’, ‘what about second division?’ and then I said ‘WELL WE’VE WON FIRST DIVISION!’

“And then he just stared at me – completely dumbstruck!

“So that was early in the morning and we couldn’t even think about what we were going to do, so we went to the shopping centre and aimlessly walked around! We were in an absolute daze! I’m just so gobsmacked!

“The only thing we could do, besides looking like two complete morons walking around with these stupid grins on our faces was pop into the travel agent to start dreaming about a holiday!

“It is life-changing! It’s amazing! This is unbelievable! And it still really hasn’t hit us yet!

“We’ll put some of the windfall towards our mortgage and this will also mean that at some point in the future we’re able to retire much earlier than we otherwise could have! From that point of view it is absolutely incredible!”

The winning woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased her 36-game QuickPick entry from A to Z Lotto, Kiosk 133A Westfield Southland, 1239 Nepean Highway in Cheltenham.

Adrian Zalcman is the owner of A to Z Lotto and was thrilled to have sold his third division one winning ticket in three years to a local customer.

“My wife Rinat and I are ecstatic to know local, regular customers of ours have had this good fortune come their way!” Mr Zalcman exclaimed.

“We love just the thought that we were able to play a part in changing someone’s life and of course wish the winning couple all the best with their windfall!”

Throughout Australia, there were six entries that won a first division prize of $673,151.01 in TattsLotto draw 3691 on Saturday 3 December 2016.

Along with the winning entry purchased in Cheltenham, there was another first division winning entry purchased in Mill Park, and two each from New South Wales and Western Australia.

The six winning numbers in TattsLotto draw 3691 on Saturday 3 December 2016 were 18, 39, 11, 10, 26 and 44. The supplementary numbers were 16 and 15.

The weekend’s winners take the Lott’s division one winning entry tally to 184 so far this financial year, including 70 won by Tatts customers.

Mill Park mates win TattsLotto!

Two mates from Mill Park feel like they’ve hit the big time after discovering this morning their shared TattsLotto entry won division one and additional divisional prizes totalling $690,358.56!

Two mates from Mill Park feel like they’ve hit the big time after discovering this morning their shared TattsLotto entry won division one and additional divisional prizes totalling $690,358.56!

One of the mates, who registered their System 8 entry to his Tatts Card, spoke to Tatts this morning and received the news that they’d won division one.

“I am sitting down, but I’m shaking now because I only thought we’d won about $1500!” the man exclaimed.

“No way! Oh no! Oh you’re kidding! I don’t believe this, are you serious? You’re not lying to me?

“Me and my friend share this together and we’ve been playing for ten years, so that’s around $340,000 each! My mate rang me on Sunday and told me we got four straight numbers – but I’ll be breaking the news to him it’s actually six!

“I’m a North Melbourne supporter so I chose some of the numbers in our TattsLotto entry from players – I’ve got Wayne Carey - 18, Anthony Stevens - 10 and Glen Archer – 11.

“I just can’t wait to phone my mate and tell him, we’ve been friends since we were 15 years old. It’s going to go a long way for the both of us!

“I’ve been working my balls off just to make ends meet. But this is going to finish my year off on such a high! I can’t thank you enough.”

The winning mates, who wish to remain anonymous, purchased their 1-game System 8 marked entry from Plenty Valley Lotto, Shop 71 in Westfield Plenty Valley, 415 McDonalds Road in Mill Park.

Melanie Ly is the owner of Plenty Valley Lotto and was delighted to sell her first division one winning entry since taking over ownership in November 2011.

“It’s wonderful to have already sold a division one winning ticket here in round about one year of business!” Ms Ly exclaimed.

“We’re very happy for our winning customers and absolutely chuffed that we were a part of their life-changing win!”

Throughout Australia, there were six entries that won a first division prize of $673,151.01 in TattsLotto draw 3691 on Saturday 3 December 2016.

Along with the winning entry purchased in Cheltenham, there was another first division winning entry purchased in Mill Park, and two each from New South Wales and Western Australia.

The six winning numbers in TattsLotto draw 3691 on Saturday 3 December 2016 were 18, 39, 11, 10, 26 and 44. The supplementary numbers were 16 and 15.

The weekend’s winners take the Lott’s division one winning entry tally to 184 so far this financial year, including 70 won by Tatts customers.

Bacchus Marsh family to visit Santa after winning Set for Life!

One family in Bacchus Marsh will be having an unforgettable Christmas after their Set for Life ticket won the 1st Prize of $20,000 each and every month for 20 years!

One family in Bacchus Marsh will be having an unforgettable Christmas after their Set for Life ticket won the 1st Prize of $20,000 each and every month for 20 years!

The winning woman in her 40s screamed out with delight when Tatts phoned her today with the dream-come-true news.

“Oh my god! Oh my god! We’ve been struggling for so long!” she screamed as she started to cry.

“That’s the most amazing thing! I’m pacing around the place, I can’t stand still!

“We’ve had nothing in life and we’ve been to hell and back. Now I feel like the luckiest woman in the world!”

The elated woman was overcome with emotion and excitement about life’s possibilities now that she was Set for Life.

“I can retire now! I’ve wanted to give up work for years, it’s demanded a lot of time from me. Now I can be there for my family and spend so much more time with them!” she exclaimed.

“I’ll be able to pay off my debt, and buy a home! That’s actually possible!

“I’ll get a passport and I’m going! “I’ll be able to take my family somewhere we’ve always wanted to go - to the North Pole to see the Northern Lights and visit Santa Claus Village!

“And we’re all going on a cruise too! I’m going to find that place on your ads, I think it looks like the Maldives – doesn’t matter, I’ll find it and I’m going!

“I’m beside myself – there’s so much to take in! I’ll probably have to call you back when I eventually get down from cloud 9,” she laughed.

The woman admitted she was still quite new to playing Set for Life.

“It’s unbelievable. A couple of months ago my mother-in-law said you should try Set for Life, so we’ve only been playing 2-Sets each week for a little while,” she explained.

“We had one Set with just random numbers and one Set we chose our own numbers using our special family numbers! Never ever did I expect we’d win 1st Prize!”

The newest Set for Life 1st Prize winner, who wish to remain anonymous, purchased her 1st Prize winning 2-Set marked entry from Woodgrove Lotto, Shop K002, Woodgrove Shopping Centre, 533 – 555 High Street in Melton West.

Angela Critelli is the owner of Woodgrove Lotto and was thrilled to know their outlet had sold the nation’s 15th Set for Life 1st Prize winning entry.

“This is great news for our lucky customer! It’s fantastic to be a part of one of our customer’s dreams!” Mrs Critelli exclaimed.

“It’s an extra special as it’s the first big winning entry we’ve sold since taking over ownership of Woodgrove Lotto only five months ago.

“Luck has come our way – to our 1st prize winning customer and to our local community. This win shows dreams can happen and they do come true!

“It’s great to know the win will make the dreams of one of our customers come true – all our customers are very lovely and deserving people.

“We’re very happy for our winning customer and wish them all the best for their future.

“We’re having such a fun time sharing the exciting news with all our regular and loyal customers and we hope one of them will be next to win big – perhaps in the $31 million Megadraw.”

Across the country, it was the only entry that won 1st Prize in Set for Life draw 482, which offers a guaranteed 1st Prize of $20,000 a month for 20 years for up to four winners in each draw.

The winning numbers in Set for Life draw 482 on Wednesday 30 November 2016 were 16, 5, 13, 8, 15, 17, 11 and 30, with the bonus numbers 20 and 35.

Last night’s Bacchus Marsh family are holding the 15th Set for Life 1st Prize winning entry nationally, and add to the growing 1st Prize tally across the country including four in Victoria, six in New South Wales, three in Western Australia and one each in Queensland and South Australia.