A Proserpine retiree says he’s caught in a dream after hearing the life-changing news he’s started the week almost $1.5 million richer. 

The north Queensland resident held one of the 14 division one winning entries nationally in Saturday Lotto draw 3963 on Saturday 13 July 2019, with each entry taking home a division one prize of $1,428,571.43. 

Confirming his discovery with us this morning, the winner revealed he felt like he was in a state of shock. 

“That’s terrific!” he laughed. 

“Thank you! I’m shaking. I’ve been pacing up and down the floor. 

“I just went down to the newsagency and checked my ticket. I had no idea. 

“When they told me I was a winner, I just went blank. It’s unbelievable.” 

The man said he’d need to take some time to calm down before he could think of exactly how he’d be enjoying his prize. 

“I can’t scramble my brain yet to think about that,” he said. 

“It’s still a bit of a dream. I think it will take a little while for the news to sink in and for me to really decide what I’ll do with my prize. 

“But I can’t wait to enjoy it!” 

The happy man, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his winning entry at Fresh Fields News & Gifts, Shop 5, Fresh Fields Shopping Centre, 89 Main Street, Proserpine. 

Fresh Fields News & Gifts owner Barbara Cochrane said the win was great news for the entire region. 

“We were so excited when we first heard we’d sold a division one winning entry. It’s absolutely fantastic!” she said. 

“There’s lots of celebrating and smiles in store. Proserpine is still getting back on its feet after Cyclone Debbie, so good news like this is great for the community and spreads really quickly. 

“It is just fantastic to think you might have been the one who printed out that ticket which will bring so much opportunity to the lucky winner. 

“Congratulations to them and best wishes!”