Mystery solved! Three sisters to split $1 million prize

Tuesday 27 November, 2012 - A trio of sisters were stunned to discover they are the mystery winners of a $1 million Saturday Gold Lotto prize in Cairns!

Three days after winning the prize, one of the three sisters from Far North Queensland finally checked the unregistered ticket and was in disbelief that their numbers had come up.

“We don’t usually buy Gold Lotto tickets together,” one of the winning sisters explained to a Golden Casket official this afternoon.

“We were just in the Raintrees Shopping Centre together recently and thought we’d give it a go.”

The sisters split the $7.90 cost of a 12-game QuickPick ticket in Saturday Gold Lotto and will pocket a total first division prize of $1,044,240.21.

“We plan on sharing the money with other members of our family so the prize will be spread out,” one of the sisters said.

“At different times everyone has struggled for money so the idea of being debt-free is amazing. We’ll do different things like pay off bills, settle mortgages and invest some of the money for our adult children’s futures as well,” she added.

Golden Casket Public Relations Executive Zoe Knobel said it appears the area has become something of a ‘lotto hotspot’ lately.

“It’s great to see more local lotto winners in North and Far North Queensland, particularly after a Townsville family won a $27.9 million Oz Lotto prize three weeks ago and a Cardwell family won a $324,000 Saturday Gold Lotto prize just last week,” Ms Knobel said.

The winning Saturday Gold Lotto ticket was purchased from Raintrees Newsagency, Shop 24, Raintrees Shopping Centre, 1 Koch Street in Cairns.

Throughout Australia four winners shared in the estimated $4 million division one prize pool in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3271 and will claim a first division prize of $1,044,240.21 each.

There were two winners in Queensland and one each in Victoria and New South Wales. Along with the Cairns winner, another winning ticket was purchased from The Lucky Charm Rockhampton.

The winning numbers in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3271 were 43, 30, 26, 42, 32 and 17 with the supplementary numbers 12 and 6. There were also 44 division two winners who took home $12,867.40 each.