North Queensland woman wins $2 million Lotto
A PROSERPINE retiree has declared she's on cloud nine after discovering she won division one in the weekend's Saturday Gold Lotto draw, delivering her a windfall of more than $2 million.
The happy winner was one of only two division one winners nationally from the Saturday Gold Lotto draw, with each winning a prize of $2,047,344.47.
"I can't believe it still! I'm on cloud nine!" the winner said when speaking to a Golden Casket official this morning.
"I saw the numbers on the TV on Saturday night. I read them through about six times and my family had a look too.
"When we saw the prize was $2 million, I said 'oh my God!', we were struck dumb, we were, it's lovely."
The woman confessed she had won division one in Gold Lotto before - a smaller prize more than two decades ago.
"I have won a few small prizes too, but this one's still hard to get over," she said.
The winner explained her latest win had come at a good time as she would be able to help her family, who had been badly affected by severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
"We've had a bit of a hard time with the old cyclone," she said.
"Everyone was affected, I don't know of anyone who wasn't. It certainly made a mess of us, it was a dreadful cyclone.
"The only thing I want at this stage is to get my house painted, Cyclone Louie took paint off about seven years ago and insurance wouldn't cover it. This one came through and the paint's worse than ever, and insurance still won't cover it!"
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, purchased her winning 12-game QuickPick entry at Whitsunday Computers and Stationary, 70 Main Street, Proserpine.
Owner Rebecca Stewart congratulated her customer on the division one win.
"As soon as I saw we had sold the division one winning ticket I screamed 'yes!'," she said.
"It's the first time we've sold a division one winning entry, so we've got the balloons out and we're celebrating!
"It's great to hear that it's gone to a local resident, it's really exciting."
The six winning numbers in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3743 on Saturday 3 June 2017 were 21, 32, 35, 9, 30 and 27, the supplementary numbers were 20 and 31.
Across Australia, there were only two division one winning entries inthe draw- one in Queensland and one in Victoria.
The Lotto's division one winning tally has now reached 379 so far this financial year, including 95 won by Golden Casket customers.