Wednesday 4 July, 2012 - A Wellington Point family is celebrating this week after discovering that they won a $707,692.23 share of Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3227 last month!
The woman in her fifties who purchased the ticket in the draw which took place on 23 June said she’s not in the habit of looking up the winning numbers immediately after the draw and didn’t think to check her ticket until she saw a story about the missing winner in the local news.
“I read a story in the paper about a person from Wellington Point who hadn’t claimed the prize yet and thought to myself, ‘Wouldn’t you feel silly if that was you!’,” she exclaimed.
“Then when I went to the newsagency next and saw signs in the window saying the winner still hadn’t come forward I starting thinking maybe they were looking for me!
“I just fell in a heap when I found out I’d won!”
The winning family is very appreciative of the money, which comes at a great time for them to plan for the future.
“I won’t stop working but this money will allow me to slow down a little bit and think about retirement.
“It’s not a huge amount, but it’s life-changing for us, our future certainly looks better now,” she said.
“I’ll be able to pay off a new home and help my children out as well.
“I’ll be very sensible with the money, and probably remain quite frugal as, like everyone my age, I’m thinking about my superannunation.
“I don’t even know how to spend, it’s a whole new experience for me!”
The woman said she was pleased she won with a marked entry using the numbers from her children’s birthdays and important anniversaries.
The $707,692.23 Saturday Gold Lotto winning ticket was purchased from Wellington Point News at 368 Main Road in Wellington Point.
There were six division one winners nationally in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3227 on 23 June 2012, with three in Queensland, two in Victoria and one in Tasmania. The winning numbers were 29, 2, 31, 19, 30 and 16 with supplementary numbers 11 and 10. There were also 88 division two winners who took home $6,548.00 each.