Sat, Jan 7, 10:58am by Staff Writer
With just one hour left in the countdown to 2017, dozens of Australians were already jubilant in celebration, after they drew the lucky numbers in TattsLotto’s massive New Year’s Eve Megadraw contest.
The prize pool for the special year-ending lotto draw was set at $31 million, enticing regular players and shot takers alike to purchase their tickets and hope to beat the odds. To land all six numbers correctly and claim the Division One top prize, those odds stood at 1 in 8,145,060, but when the winning numbers were revealed, no less than 23 winning tickets were distributed across the country.
Specifically, the numbers pulled during Saturday Lotto draw 3699, held at 11:00 p.m. AEDT, were 11, 18, 40, 16, 4, and 31, with supplementary numbers of 17 and 38.
And per the figures released by TattsLotto officials the following day, those numbers appeared on 23 tickets sold in every state except the Northern Territory.
In total, 20 of the jackpot winners were held by individual players, while the other three were owned by members of a ticket-purchasing syndicate. Counting syndicate members, 55 winners rang in the New Year in fine style.
Each of the winning tickets is worth $1,347,826.09 in prize money, before taxes are assessed.
New South Wales was home to the most winners, as six locations across the state distributed jackpot eligible tickets. Victoria and Queensland each produced five winning tickets, followed by Western Australia (4), South Australia (2), and Tasmania (1).
Ahead of the New Year’s Eve draw, TattsLotto spokesperson Elissa Lewis spoke with the Herald Sun to discuss the Megadraw’s holiday timing:
“There has not been a Lotto drawn on New Year’s Eve since 2011 when 32 division one winners around the country shared in the $31 million division one prize pool, each waking up with an extra $968,750.00 in their bank account.”
The collection of winner’s stories already posted to the TattsLotto website includes a team of 12 coworkers at an aged-care facility in Melbourne’s northern suburb of Mill Park. The winners, who range in age from 35 to 65 years old, have chosen to remain anonymous for now, but the syndicate’s leader filled TattsLotto in on their plans for the windfall:
“I still can’t believe it! It’s unbelievable! We couldn’t have gotten better news for the New Year! We almost didn’t get our entry so it’s all accidentally fallen into place. We’re lucky we did!
I have been messaging the other members of the syndicate today with the news and no-one is believing me! They’re saying ‘You’re joking! You’re joking!’
I’d say most of us will be putting their share towards mortgages, but I also plan to treat myself to a new kitchen and bathroom and a holiday to New Zealand!”
The geographical and venue distribution for the 23 Division One winners breaks down as follows:
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