Hopeful New South Wales millionaires plan to be secretive but generous

With Saturday Lotto’s first Superdraw of the year tomorrow night, hopeful New South Wales millionaires are dreaming of their plans if they won a share in $20 million.

A recent study of eligible lottery players showed almost a third of New South Welshmen wouldn’t tell anyone, not even their immediate family or closest friends, if they won a share in $20 million.

But when it comes to splashing the cash around and sharing their prize money with others, New South Welshmen are more generous – with 86.3% planning to give some of their win to either family, friends or charities.

The survey, conducted by reachTEL, comes amid a surge of ticket sales ahead of tomorrow’s $20 million Saturday Lotto Superdraw – the first superdraw of 2017.

It’s expected that more than two million customers will purchase an entry into the $20 Million Superdraw on Saturday, with a third of all ticket sales made tomorrow on the day of the draw.

The survey of 1,143 adults found that men were more likely to be super secretive, with 34.7% saying they wouldn’t tell a soul if they won Lotto, compared to 29.1% of women.

Only 3.9% of respondents said they would be happy to shout from the rooftops and share the news of their win with everyone.

However almost half of New South Welshmen surveyed (46.4%) said they would share their winnings with their immediate family. Another 26.2% said they would share the windfall with a select group of family and friends, while 13.7% would make a donation to charity.

NSW Lotteries spokesperson Matt Hart said the recent spate of division one lottery wins in the state was driving demand for this Saturday’s $20 million Superdraw.

“We may only be seven weeks into the year, but already six New South Welshmen have become millionaires thanks to a division one lottery win. That equates to almost one a week!” he said.

“From our research, it’s clear that everyone has their own ideas about what they would do if they won a million-dollar division one prize – who they would tell and, more importantly, who they would share their windfall with.

“We’re gearing up to make a slew of calls first thing Monday morning to officially notify this Saturday’s Superdraw division one winners.

“There were an average of 14 division one winners from each of last year’s Superdraws, with each new millionaire taking home an average prize of $1.638 million.”

In 2016, there were 110 Saturday Superdraw division one wins in the Lott jurisdictions, sharing a total of more than $168.18 million in prize money.

The numbers 40, 31 and 28 were drawn most often during last year’s Superdraws, appearing in three of the eight draws.

Tickets in Saturday Lotto’s $20 Million Superdraw on 18 February are now on sale from all lottery outlets and online from www.thelott.com.

Question:  If you won a share in a lottery Superdraw, would you share news of your win?
 

 

Total

Female

Male

No – I wouldn’t share news of my win with anyone

31.8%

29.1%

34.7%

Yes – I would share news of my win with my immediate family

40.4%

40.6%

39.9%

Yes – I would share news of my win with a select group of family and / or friends

23.8%

27.6%

19.8%

Yes – I would share news of my win with everyone

3.9%

2.7%

5.6%

 
Question: If you won a share in the lottery Superdraw, would you share your windfall?
 

 

Total

Female

Male

No – I wouldn’t share my windfall with anyone

13.7%

12.0%

15.4%

Yes – I would share my windfall with my immediate family

46.4%

45.6%

47.3%

Yes – I would share my windfall with a select group of family and / or friends

26.2%

30.0%

22.2%

Yes – I would share my windfall by donating to charity

13.7%

12.4%

15.0%

 
This survey was conducted using an automated telephone based survey system among 1,143 voters. The data has been weighted to reflect the population age and gender distribution as provided by the ABS. Telephone numbers and the person within the household were selected at random. Copyright ReachTEL Pty Ltd.