A bewildered Tara man says he still can’t wrap his head around the fact he is over half-a-million-dollars richer after scoring a division one prize in the weekend’s Saturday Gold Lotto draw. 

The regional Queensland player held one of the seven division one winning entries nationally in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 4003 on Saturday 30 November 2019, with each entry taking home a division one prize of $587,936.00. 

As well as winning the coveted division one prize, the overwhelmed man also won division four bolstering his total prize to $587,966.70. Confirming his win with our team this afternoon, the stunned winner explained why he only discovered the news nearly a week after the draw. 

“Thank you very much! I had no idea I was a winner!” he exclaimed.

“I never check my tickets unless I am going to put another ticket on. 

“Can you repeat how much I’ve won again? Oh my! That’s just wonderful. 

“I play the same numbers each time I play and have been playing for years. 

“I chose my numbers at random years ago, so they aren’t special in anyway. You could say they are special now!” 

When asked how he planned to enjoy his windfall, the shocked but thrilled man said he couldn’t fathom how to spend his prize. 

“I haven’t quite made up my mind!” he laughed. 

“It’s all still sinking in. I don’t even know what to do to celebrate. It’s all a bit much for now. I’ll just have to think about it!” 

The regular player, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his marked 18-game entry at Tara Newsagency, 27 Day Street, Tara. 

Tara Newsagency owner Gayle Porter said she was thrilled one of her customers had scored division one. 

“How great for our winner!” she exclaimed. 

“We’ve been telling all of our customers we’ve sold a major prize and we are hoping we can get another one for our town and it’s visitors. 

“It’s great someone in our town has won. Our town has been struggling lately with the drought, from farmers, to businesses and community members. This news will bring a boost for the community. 

“We’ve been here for fifteen years but haven’t sold a division one winning entry, so we are thrilled! 

“Congratulations to our customer! We hope he and his family have a fantastic Christmas!”