Fri, Oct 7, 8:26am by Jonathan Zaun
Five lucky Australians are walking around today with a winning ticket worth more than AUD$800,000 in their pockets.
According to officials with Queensland’s Golden Casket lottery, five winning tickets for the Gold Lotto’s division one prize – which was drawn on Saturday, October 1 – have been sold throughout the country.
Speaking with the Chinchilla News on October 4th, Golden Casket lotto spokesperson Belinda McDougall identified The Lucky Charm in Allenstown, Rockhampton as the location where one of the winning tickets was sold. But according to McDougall, the entry in question was not registered to a Winner’s Circle player’s card account, leaving it up to the player to notice their good fortune and contact lotto officials to claim their six-figure score:
“Imagine going about your day with a Saturday Gold Lotto ticket worth more than $800,000 in your purse or wallet, or even floating around in your handbag or the centre console of your car.
“We’re encouraging Saturday Gold Lotto players who purchased an unregistered ticket in the weekend’s draw from The Lucky Charm Allenstown in Allenstown Plaza to check their entry immediately because they could be a division one winner.”
“We recommend anyone who believes they are holding the division one winning entry to keep it in a safe place and contact Golden Casket as soon as possible on 131 868 to start the prize claim process.”
Another winning ticket was sold in Blackall, but somebody has already stepped forward to claim that prize, albeit anonymously. The player, said to be a pensioner, spoke with the Fraser Coast Chronicle on October 5th to reflect on the thrill they experienced discovering the good news:
“After I was initially told I’d won Gold Lotto, I didn’t believe it. Then I wouldn’t let myself believe it until it was confirmed by Golden Casket. Eight hundred thousand dollars – I might be able to buy a carton of beer now to celebrate and have a wild party.”
“Seriously though, I haven’t thought about what I’ll do with my prize money. I’ll share some of it with family and friends, and I would like to travel overseas too.”
The player also used a System 9 entry, which increased their total payout to AUD$823,124.47 via supplemental prizes.
The excitement in Blackall wasn’t limited to the winner, as Ian and Keren Greenhalgh – owners of the Blackall Newsagency where the winning ticket was sold – also celebrated the feat of selling multiple division winners. Keren described the unique experience of providing players with life-changing lotto numbers while talking to the Chronicle:
“This is actually the third time we’ve sold a division one winning entry, so we’ve hit our hat-trick. It has been a while since our last division one win so we were overdue for this one.”
“We’d like to congratulate our winner and wish them all the best for the future as they enjoy their division one windfall.”
The third division one Gold Lotto winner sold in Queensland was dispensed in Sunshine Coast, while the other two tickets were sold in Victoria.
The winning numbers for Saturday’s draw were 35, 6, 26, 14, 22, and 37, along with supplementary numbers of 31 and 10.
Five winning tickets brings this year’s division one prize tally to 116, including 30 from Golden Casket.
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