Gold Coast "grey nomads" to continue Australian odyssey following shock $10 million oz Lotto win
Almost a week after the winning numbers were drawn, a Gold Coast self-proclaimed “grey nomad” couple have been stopped in their tracks by the realisation they landed the $10 million division one prize in last week’s Oz Lotto draw.
The Queensland winners held one of four division one winners nationally in last Tuesday’s Oz Lotto $40 million jackpot, draw 1246 on Tuesday 2 January 2018. Each division one winner scored a $10 million prize.
The couple’s winning 5-game entry was purchased at Tobacco Station Cornubia, Shop T11, Cornubia Shopping Centre, 68 Beenleigh-Redland Road, Loganholme.
But as the entry was unregistered, Golden Casket officials had no way to contact the winning ticketholder and was waiting for them to make contact.
Despite a region-wide search for the winning ticketholder last week, it was only when the couple checked their ticket while stopping for some groceries that they discovered the life-changing news.
“Oh Jesus!” the winning man exclaimed when a Golden Casket official confirmed he was now a multi-millionaire.
“We’re living in a caravan! We’re travelling around in a caravan – doing a lap around Australia! We’ve been travelling for a while.
“This ticket was in the glovebox the whole time. It’s a marked entry – my numbers that I’ve been playing for years. They’re birthday numbers and others mixed in.
“I put it in for 10 weeks at a time, wherever I am! Then it just sits in the glovebox.
“This is unbelievable! “We’re newly-retired so there’s still plenty of time to spend it!” he laughed.
“This changes things, but we’ll keep travelling. There’ll definitely be a caravan upgrade – we’ve been looking at getting a new one but couldn’t afford it!
“But first we better go home and put the groceries away!”
The couple, who wish to remain anonymous, purchased their winning 5-game marked entry at Tobacco Station Cornubia, Loganholme.
Tobacco Station Cornubia owner Anuj Verma said the outlet was on a high from selling its first division one winning entry since it opened almost two years ago.
“It’s fantastic! We’ve had so many people coming in to check their tickets since word spread that we sold a division one!” he said.
“We’re happy the winner has been united with their prize! We wish them all the very best!”
The winning numbers in Oz Lotto’s $40 million draw 1246 on Tuesday 2 January 2018 were 8, 26, 1, 12, 30, 43 and 28. The supplementary numbers were 7 and 11.
Last financial year, 18 Oz Lotto winning entries across the Lott’s jurisdictions won more than $182 million. The Lott’s division one winning tally has now reached 233 so far this financial year, including 57 won by Golden Casket customers.