Re­tiree’s prize firms Queens­land as Aus­tralia’s luck­i­est state

The Courier-Mail - - FRONT PAGE - JA­COB MI­LEY


THE Gold Coast has lived up to its name for one lucky re­tiree – tak­ing home a cool $60 mil­lion in the lat­est lot­tery.

It could be the luck­i­est place in Aus­tralia, with res­i­dents col­lect­ing a com­bined $70 mil­lion in prize money from 15 divi­sion one wins over the past year.

The lat­est, a 60-year-old who says he is young enough to en­joy his prize, bought the Power­ball ticket on a whim, at the Nex­tra Burleigh Town News. He opted for a 50-game Quick Pick ticket rather than choos­ing his own num­bers.

“Some­times it’s a spur of the mo­ment thing, I usu­ally grab a ticket when there is a large jack­pot,” the man, who wants to re­main anony­mous, said.

“I have been play­ing it on and off since the game started and have never won any­thing more than $600!

“Most likely I will share it with my fam­ily and go on a real good hol­i­day.” y

The lucky win­ner will have to wait two weeks be­fore the eight-fig­ure sum is de­posited into his ac­count

He be­came the sec­ond­largest sin­gle en­try divi­sion one prize win­ner in Aus­tralian lot­tery his­tory. The feat is only sur­passed by a $70 mil­lion Power­ball prize won by Her­vey Bay grand­par­ents in 2016.

Nex­tra Burleigh Heads owner Shane Grif­fin said it was “un­usual” to have a sole win­ner on such a large amount, with the prize money usu­ally di­vided due to high par­tic­i­pa­tion num­bers.

Bron­wyn Spencer from Lotto broke the news to the win­ner on Thurs­day and said she was shak­ing, as it’s hard to pick the re­ac­tion of those on the other end of the line.

“Last night it was ner­vous laugh­ter, but some­times we get sobs, screams and com­plete si­lence,” she said.

Mean­while, six divi­sion one prizes, to­talling $6.38 mil­lion, re­main un­claimed by Queens­land win­ners.

FOR­TUNE: So­raya Le Mar­shall and Olivia McKen­zie from Nex­tra Burleigh Heads, which sold the $60m win­ning ticket.

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