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