A Townsville man has admitted he couldn’t help but burst into tears of joy upon checking his Saturday Gold Lotto ticket and realising he’d just won $1.6 million.

The North Queenslander held one of the three division one winning entries in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 4463 on Saturday 27 April 2024. Each division one winning entry pocketed $1,648,240.31.

“I’ve played these numbers for about 25 years! I knew they’d come up one day,” the winning man exclaimed.

“I’ll tell you the truth though, I did start doubting these numbers and I was thinking about four weeks ago whether to redo different numbers.

“Normally, I take the ticket to bed with me and look at the clock around 8.30pm and check it. But last night I left the ticket in the lounge room.

“I finally checked the ticket this morning. At first, I thought it I’d won $1,600. Then I thought, ‘hang on, there’s more numbers there’. Then my brain said ‘$16,000’, but no, there were still more numbers.

“My brain just couldn’t think. I just burst into tears and woke my wife up to tell her.

“This money is going to help us. We’ve been renting for decades, and we’d love to buy our own house. We also want to pay off the daughter’s house, and with the rest perhaps we’ll go on a holiday and travel.

“We can do whatever we want! We’ve already started planning.”

The man’s winning marked 12-game entry was purchased at Nextra Willows Express, Shop 2, Willows Shopping Centre, 13, Hervey Range Road, Thuringowa Central.