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Caboolture Queensland Australia woman wins $2.77 million on Gold Lotto

A QUEENSLANDER is today $2.77 million richer after a remarkable winning run over two days this week.

A woman from the Caboolture region, north of Brisbane, won $2.77 million on last night’s Gold Lotto.

The woman, who has not been named, won division one four times on a single Monday and Wednesday Gold Lotto entry.

It followed her $17,000 win in a lower divisional prizes on Monday.

“I’ve been waiting to hear from someone from Golden Casket all my life!” she told a Golden Casket official who rang with the news.

“It’s just unreal! I’ve had two wins in the past few weeks and now last night I won $2.77 million. It’s crazy!

“It’s like you get your lucky time in your life and it all happens. That’s how it feels to me.

“It’s been a bit of a roll of wins lately. I thought my luck may have run out but it’s just got better. This is the icing on top of the cake!”

The winning entry was bought online at and consisted of four marked System 12 games of identical numbers.

Apart from winning division one four times — once for each marked game on her entry — she also won division 3 144 times and division 4 900 times. In total, her system entry won 1048 times across all divisions!

“All we want to do is play golf a couple of times a week and kick back,” she said.

“We’ve worked hard our whole lives. It’s time to put the boots down. It’s just amazing.

“It’s just unreal! This is more than I can even get my head around.

“I could not sleep last night! This means we don’t have to worry about paying bills and we can help our family out. It’s just beautiful!”

It’s the second time in three weeks a Caboolture entry has won division one. A Caboolture couple won $792,331.85 with their entry in Saturday Gold Lotto on April 29.

Henry Sapiecha

Unemployed man from western Sydney NSW Australia wins $50 million in Powerball lottery

An unemployed man from western Sydney said he and his wife were at home on Thursday night discussing their plans for the future when he received a phone call that would change their lives.

A few days earlier, the man, in his 30s, had bought a ticket for Thursday night’s Powerball draw online. It was the first time he had done so, and he hadn’t seriously contemplated the possibility of winning.

A few minutes after Thursday night’s Powerball draw, he answered his phone, only to be told that he was the sole division one winner. He had scooped the entire $50 million prize.

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, thought someone was having a laugh.

“No. No. No. Don’t tell me that. Are you serious man? I’ll probably faint,” the man said to the caller, according to NSW Lotteries.

“I don’t know what to do. What should I do now? Should I call my mum? Should I hug my wife? What do I do?”

The size of his windfall also baffled him. “I don’t even know how many zeros are in $50 million,” he said.

The man said he had been unemployed since the end of last year, and he and his wife had just been contemplating what their struggling family would do next before he received the phone call.

“We were just sitting discussing what to do with our lives next – what to do with our future. It’s just a blessing I would say,” he said.

Asked his initial thoughts on what he would do with the cash, he said he “genuinely wanted to help people”.

He would share some with family and friends, and also hoped to open a restaurant to help those in need.

“I want to open a restaurant – that’s my passion – and give 50 per cent of the food away for free to people who need it.

“I don’t need profits, but there are homeless, students who are struggling, and people in need,” he said.

Henry Sapiecha

From chook raffle to $70m Powerball winners: Hervey Bay grandparents win jackpot

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Grandparents win $70 million

A Queensland couple plan on taking some holidays and helping out family and charity after winning a record Powerball first division prize of $70 million.

Winning the odd “chook raffle” was memorable enough for a humble set of grandparents from Hervey Bay in Queensland.

But now, the couple are pondering what to do with a considerably larger nest egg, after walking away with the staggering $70 million jackpot in Thursday night’s Powerball draw, the largest win on a single ticket in Powerball history.

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Hervey Bay grandparents win $70m Powerball jackpot.

It was late on Thursday night when the husband, who wished to remain anonymous along with his wife, saw he had six missed calls on his mobile phone.

Tatts Lotteries had been trying desperately to reach the couple to deliver the life-changing news that they had won the record prize, but it wasn’t until Friday morning that the man checked their ticket and realised they were multimillionaires.

“The best thing we’ve ever won is the old chook raffle,” the man said, according to Tatts Lotteries.

“I got out my tablet to check my numbers online this morning and I was all thumbs. If I checked it once, I checked it a thousand times.

“We’ve always been mindful of money, and skimped and saved where we could. We don’t get tempted to buy the cream puffs. But we won’t have to be frugal any more; I can toss out all those specials catalogues.”

The woman said she had made a new year’s resolution to bring “more positivity into my life” in 2016.

“It won’t be wasted. We’ll be helping our family and giving to a few charities close to our hearts,” she said.

“We haven’t done much travel in our lives, but now we’re off. You won’t see us around here for long. We’ll just have to wait until Europe and the USA warm up a bit.”

Her husband also said he would like to purchase a “dream car”, which had always been out of reach.

Tatts Lotteries spokeswoman Elissa Lewis said Thursday night’s jackpot was the largest win on a single ticket in Powerball history.

“The standing record for the largest Powerball win claimed by a single entry in Australia was set in 2008, when one ticket purchased in Melbourne won $58.7 million in Powerball draw 629,” Ms Lewis said.

“It has also equalled the largest lotto win ever by a single ticket, which was set in December 2013 when a ticket bought on the Gold Coast won $70 million in Oz Lotto.”

The winning numbers in Powerball’s $70 million draw 1025 on Thursday night were 18, 23, 34, 14, 4 and 20. The Powerball number was 18.

The couple said they had picked their favourite numbers, which they played virtually every week.


Henry Sapiecha



Any Queenslander who bought an unregistered ticket should check their numbers.

LOTTO fans are frantically checking their tickets in Queensland to see if they’re a whopping $35 million richer.

The hunt is on for the owner of an unregistered Powerball ticket that was purchased on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, and came up a winner in Thursday night’s jackpot draw.

Tatts Lotteries spokeswoman Elissa Lewis said the company could not reveal exactly where the ticket had been purchased – at least not yet.

“We want give the winner an opportunity to come forward with some level of privacy,” she said.

“But it is an unregistered ticket so we’ve got to wait for that person to check the ticket and release it’s the winning ticket and contact us.”

Ms Lewis said anyone who bought an unregistered ticket should check their numbers to see if they have won a share of the $70 million jackpot.

The winning numbers are 32, 8, 5, 40, 19, 7 and the Powerball was 12.

The two division one entries won $35,904,620.67 each, a sum sure to change the winners’ lives forever.

A syndicate of 15 people took out the New South Wales entry, gaining $2.4 million each, along with other divisional prizes, because of their System 9 type entry.

Another 1.7 million other entries won smaller prizes in the draw in divisions two to eight, totalling $36.8 million.

Those who missed out have a chance to get their hands on a $15 million Oz Lotto jackpot next Tuesday.

Henry Sapiecha

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Theft of $3 million from employer funded clerk Lalaine Agtarap’s $23 million pokie binge

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DATA entry clerk Lalaine Agtarap has admitted stealing almost $3 million from her employer before using it to turn over a whopping $23 million through poker machines during a gambling spree at leagues clubs and The Star casino.

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