Redcliffe man's 'lucky numbers' deliver $1.4 million lotto windfall

A retired Redcliffe man was left speechless and shaking when he saw the winning Saturday Gold Lotto numbers flash on his TV and realised they were the same numbers he had been playing for the past four decades.

“I couldn’t talk! I was looking at the screen and my arm was shaking. I grabbed my friend’s arm and said ‘I’ve won the lotto!’,” the man explained.

“I’ve played the same numbers all my life so I recognised them when they came on TV. But we checked them and checked them again, just to make sure.

“Normally, I would be in bed at that time so wouldn’t see the lotto numbers and just check the ticket in store, but I happened to be watching TV on Saturday night.

“I’ve always told my friend I’m going to win lotto one day, but he never believed me!”

Visiting the Golden Casket head office this morning to claim his prize, the new millionaire said the win was only just starting to sink in.

“I’ve slept with the ticket for the last two nights until I could come in and claim it. Just now at the lights turning into the carpark, I was as red as a beetroot and thought I was having a panic attack!” he said.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he would use his winnings to help his children, invest for his future and maybe even start a small business.

The division one winning marked System 8 entry was purchased from Nextra Kippa-Ring Village News, shop G27-G28, Kippa-Ring Shopping Centre, 284 Anzac Avenue, Kippa-Ring.

Nextra Kippa-Ring Village News manager Colleen Krieger said the outlet had been busy with people checking their tickets this morning.

“We’re a community where everybody is friendly and knows each other, so word got out there very quickly that someone in the area was a winner,” she said.

“We’ve had lots and lots of people checking their tickets, so I’m excited the winner has been found!

“We had the top prize on a $20 Instant Scratch-It before Christmas so we’re on a roll. Hopefully, it comes in threes with a win in the $20 million Gold Lotto Superdraw this weekend!”

Throughout Australia, there were three entries that won the first division prize of $1,410,206.21 in the weekend’s Gold Lotto draw on Saturday 11 February 2017.

Along with the division one winning entry purchased in Kippa-Ring, there were two division one winning entries purchased in Victoria.

The winning numbers in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3711 on 11 February 2017 were 3, 45, 43, 42, 18 and 41. The supplementary numbers were 21 and 2.

The weekend’s winners take the Lott’s division one winners tally to 253 so far this financial year, including 59 won by Golden Casket customers.