Tassie lotto winner yet to claim $1.6m prize
It’s been 170 days since a Tasmanian shopper bought a lotto ticket that resulted in a $1.6 million windfall and the money still has not been claimed.
The Examiner reports that the oblivious millionaire holds one of the 12 division one winning entries nationally in Tattslotto draw 3395, drawn Saturday 2 November 2019.
The entry won a division on prize of $1,666,666.67.
The ticket is unregistered, so there is no way of contacting the winner with the life-changing news.
The winning entry was purchased at Latrobe Newsagency, 90 Gilbert Street, Latrobe.
In Tasmania, division one winners have six months to claim their prize.
After this time, the player must apply to claim their prize from the Tasmanian Department of Treasury and Finance.
Latrobe Newsagency team member Janine Hinds said she was still hoping to unite the winner with their prize.
“We haven’t heard anything from any of our customers, but we are still encouraging people to check their tickets,” she said.
“We always remind players of the need to register their tickets, letting them know that we still have a division one win that hasn’t been claimed.
It’s a great reminder that if only the player had registered their ticket, they would already be enjoying their $1.6 million win.
It’s been nearly six months since the prize was won and there is no indication the winner will come forward.
Aussies win millions on lotteries every year
With millions and millions of dollars awarded to Aussies all the time, it can be difficulty to grasp the enormity of the winnings from lotteries.
When the numbers are added up and put together, it shows just how much the lotto industry is worth, Casino Aus reports.
The fiscal year beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30 means that Australian lotto organisation the Lotto is already into its second half of the fiscal year.
The Lott’s numbers come from its group of Australian lotteries: Tatts, New South Wales Lotteries, South Australian Lotteries, and Golden Casket.
Since division one prizes are the most lucrative, the largest available, those numbers add up quickly.
But they are the ones that receive the most attention.
Here are the top amounts awarded in the current fiscal year from the various lotteries offering division one prizes.
The first is the Lott’s $701 million in prize money, given out through a total of 221 division one entries won this year.
There have been nine Powerball division one winners in Australia during this financial year, totalling $336.3 million.
Every Thursday, players across the country can choose seven numbers from 1-35 and one Powerball between the numbers of 1 and 20.
The Saturday Lotto shows 173 Saturday Lotto division one winning entries so far, creating 76 millionaires.
A total of $128.7 million has been awarded in the two weekly Lucky Lotteries drawings, both the Super Jackpot and the Mega Jackpot.
This stems from 156 winners of these lotteries’ first prizes.
The Lucky Super Jackpot happens every Thursday with up to 10 numbers to be chosen, and the Mega Jackpot draws are every Friday with the same option for players to choose up to 10 numbers.
The twice weekly drawings of the Monday and Wednesday Lotto have garnered 60 division one winning entries to award more than $58 million in prize money, creating 51 millionaires.
The Monday and Wednesday draws take place on those days and the players can choose six numbers from 1 to 45.
Instant scratch-its have paid out $7.2 million to 84 winners.
There are many instant ticket options available and in retail locations across Australia.