NQ mum wins $3 million with giant Gold Lotto windfall
A CAIRNS mother was on her way to get groceries at Smithfield Shopping Centre when she found out she had just become a millionaire.
The Smithfield resident, who wishes to remain anoynymous, abandoned her grocery shopping mission after she discovered she'd won $3 million in her division one Saturday Gold Lotto entry.
She said was shocked and couldn't believe it.
"I thought surely this can't be real," she said.
"I've still got to go grocery shopping - that's what I was doing when I popped in to check my ticket.
"So I went home in shock and that was the end of that. I still have to go and get the groceries - we don't have anything left in the fridge."
The winner said used the same marked entry for 15 years and recently considered swapping to a QuickPick entry.
You win millions of dollars, what do you do first?
This poll ended on 30 November 2017.
Withdraw it from the bank in cash and throw it around a bit
Call my boss and quit my job
Go to work as normal then dramatically quit my job
Buy a motorbike and do heaps of wheelies
Hide it so people don't hassle me about it
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
She held one of the seven division one winning entries nationally in Saturday Gold Lotto's $21 Million Superdraw. Each winning entry won a division one prize of $3 million.
It's the 12th division one and first prize winning entry to land in the Far North this year.
Across Australia there were seven division one winning entries in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3785 - three from Queensland, three from Victoria and Western Australia.
"I'm still going to just be me. Life will carry on as normal," she said.
"Apart from the paying off the home loan, getting a new car and helping family members, I'll still keep working.
"It's a game changer, but we're not going to change our lives too much."
She bought her marked 12-game entry from Nextra Marlin Coast News
Owner Rodney Bradley said he was ecstatic his outlet had snared another division one win.
"It's been a long time between drinks - our last division one win was about nine years ago - so it's good to see a big win back in our outlet," he said.
"We've sold about a dozen division one winning entries over the years and we're busy sharing the news of this latest win with our customers."
The winning numbers in Saturday Gold Lotto's $21 Million Superdraw, draw 3785 on Saturday 28 October 2017, were 13, 38, 17, 40, 44 and 1. The supplementary numbers were 22 and 31.
Last financial year, there were 275 division one winning Saturday Gold Lotto entries across the Lott's jurisdictions, which collectively won more than $283 million.
The Lott's division one winning tally has now reached 340 so far this calendar year, including 90 won by Golden Casket customers.