The first day of August 2015 became the first day of a new life for the Division 1 winners who became instant millionaires in the $21,000,000 Superdraw. Each of the 17 winners landed a $1,235,294.12 share of the big jackpot. There were eight Superdraw winners in Western Australia, four in Queensland, three in Victoria, and one each in New South Wales and Tasmania – and these are their stories.
Western Australia was the luckiest state in the Superdraw, bringing home a total of $9,882,352.96 divided across eight winners. Although details of the individual winners have yet to emerge, we know that the winning tickets were purchased from local newsagencies in Dog Swamp, Yokine, Baldivis, Perth, Midland, Bentley, Hillarys, Maddington and Joondalup.
The golden glow of millions was definitely on the east coast horizon, especially in Queensland where four Division 1 winners were found. Far North Queensland found itself in the spotlight with two winners hailing from the area – a woman from the Atherton tablelands and a syndicate from Cairns.
The Atherton woman was unaware of her life-changing win until lottery officials contacted her on Monday morning, bringing a great start to the week. “You’ve just made my day!” she said. “I’m feeling all funny at the moment.” The woman said she never expected to win such a large prize, saying that she felt lucky when she won $20, let alone millions. Her winning 50-game Quickpick was purchased from a local newsagency and the prize will go towards funding her retirement.
A syndicate of 10 from the Cairns suburb of Edge Hill shared in multiple divisional prizes worth $1,274,669.57, meaning each member took home winnings of $127,466.96. Their Division 1-winning Syndicate ticket was set up at a local newsagency and included members from the community of Yungaburra amongst the ten winners.
Further south in the Brisbane suburb of Michelton, a Division 1 prize worth over $1.2 million remains unclaimed. The winning ticket was purchased from a local newsagency. Lottery officials are encouraging local players to check their tickets and come forward if all seven winning Oz Lotto numbers are matched.
The fourth and final Queensland winner, who wishes to remain completely anonymous, purchased their 18-game Standard ticket online. They won a Division 1 prize worth $1,235,294.12.
One Victorian lotto player also had success with an online ticket. The winner, who also wishes to keep their identity a secret, purchased their winning 24-game Standard ticket online and won over $1.2 million.
A Tatura couple from the Goulburn Valley region were unaware they held a Division 1-winning ticket until they walked into their local newsagency on Monday morning. The couple’s winning 24-game Quickpick was purchased from a local newsagency and brought them $1,235,294.12 in winnings – and there were plenty of hugs for the shop owner when they realised they’d won! The winning wife said she wasn’t going to check her lotto ticket that day but decided to pop in at the last minute; luckily as it turns out because she was the missing millionaire. “I’ve just got to let it sink in, but it’s so wonderful!” she exclaimed. The couple added that they hadn’t decided what to spend their winnings on yet.
Victoria’s final Division 1 winner is still at large. The winning ticket, which has over $1.2 million attached, was purchased from a local newsagency in Mildura. Local players are being encouraged by lottery officials to check their tickets and come forward to claim their amazing windfall.
The sole New South Wales winner is proof that playing lotto online can pay off – they were the third Division 1 winner of the August 1st Superdraw to buy their winning ticket online. The winner wishes to remain completely anonymous but has come forward to surrender their 18-game Standard ticket and claim their $1,235,294.12 prize.
Finally, snow wasn’t the only once-in-a-lifetime event happening in Tasmania – the last Superdraw big winner was located in the city of Launceston. The winning woman had been playing lotto with her mother for over 20 years and called the win “life-changing” for her family. “My mum and I have special numbers that we always play together,” she said, adding that they planned to take their time “soaking up the news” before deciding what to do with their winnings.
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