Last-minute Lotto entry lands top prize

Published 8:53am 20 February 2023

Last-minute Lotto entry lands top prize
Words by Nick Crockford

An Albany Creek man plans to jet overseas with his wife for their wedding anniversary after winning more than $685,000 in the Saturday Gold Lotto draw.

The Moreton Bay Region resident had one of eight division one winning entries in Saturday’s draw. Each division one winning entry collected $685,236.47.

“I’m feeling great this morning!” the man, in his 40s, said when an official from The Lott confirmed his prize.

“I was just outside having a coffee and thought I’d check my ticket. To be honest, I did a double-take. I said to my wife, ‘I think I’ve won some money’.

'Absolutely fantastic'

“I think it’s the most quiet I’ve ever been. I didn’t have any words. It’s absolutely fantastic.

“I play every couple of weeks, and I was just sitting on the couch on Saturday night watching the news and I thought I’d grab a ticket. It was 30 minutes before the draw’s close.

“Somehow, I got the right ticket!”

The winning Queenslander said he’d love to take his wife overseas to celebrate their anniversary.

Last-minute Lotto entry lands top prize

“I dare say we’ll definitely be flying business class! We’re still deciding on location, but we have more options now!” he added.

The man’s winning 18-game QuickPick entry was purchased online at thelott.com – the official home of Australia’s lotteries.

The winning numbers were 16, 24, 34, 30, 11 and 8. The supplementary numbers 21 and 18.

Across Australia, there were eight division one winning entries in – four from New South Wales, three from Victoria and one from Queensland.

Winning entries

The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 279 so far this financial year, including 68 won by Golden Casket customers.

During this time, there were 330 division one winning in Saturday Gold Lotto entries across Australia that collectively won more than $456.6 million.

There are more chances to win big with Tuesday’s Oz Lotto offering $5 million, while Thursday’s Powerball has $20 million up for grabs.

Tickets can be purchased at any licenced lottery outlet, online from thelott.com or via The Lott mobile app.

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