Sat, Jul 1, 8:52am by Staff Writer
When the balls were drawn on June 24 for NSW Lotteries’ Saturday $21 Million Superdraw, no less than 15 lucky ticketholders had their numbers come up.
That abundance of winners triggered individual payouts of $1.4 million to each ticket – with five claimed in New South Wales, three in WA, a pair each in Queensland, Victoria, and the Northern Territory, and one in SA.
Draw #3749 dispensed the winning numbers of 29, 43, 5, 13, 32 and 1, and all 15 tickets managed to overcome enormous odds of 1 in 8,145,060 to earn a share of the Division One jackpot.
While winners were lining up all over the country to claim their seven-figure paydays, the search was on in Maclean, NSW – where one winning ticket remained unclaimed.
Local media outlets sounded the alarm, letting players know that the unregistered winner was a 24-game QuickPick entry purchased from the Maclean Newsagency located on 227 River Street.
Four days after the drawing was held, a woman (who chooses to remain anonymous at this time) alerted NSW Lotteries that she was the winner in question. As the woman’s Winner’s Story published by NSW Lotteries recounts, reading about the unclaimed ticket prompted her to recheck her discards:
“That’s what made me look at my ticket! When I saw the numbers there I said ‘holy sh**!’
“I had to look at it about 20 times! I’ve been keeping the ticket in a very, very safe place. It hasn’t left my side!”
When the lotto confirmed that the ticket in question was worth $1.4 million, the winner didn’t hesitate in letting loose:
“Woohoo! Thank you! I needed somebody to say it to me. I’ve been reading the prize amount but not hearing it!
“It’s just fantastic. I can’t believe it!”
That sensation of disbelief extended into the winner’s plans for her windfall, as she told NSW Lotteries that the money wouldn’t quite be real until it was hers to hold:
“I’m thinking, I’m thinking, and I’m thinking… (but) I can’t do any more thinking until I see it in my account!”
Another winner who waited awhile before confirming his good fortune hails from Orange, NSW, but the anonymous grandfather is no stranger to winning. In fact, as he told lotto officials, a previous pickup from Powerball led to the $1.4 million payout:
“I got $50 odd dollars from Powerball and it paid for two tickets, including this one, and I got change back!”
As was the case for the Mclean woman, this winner had trouble believing that the big winner was really his:
“I didn’t know what to think when I saw it was the winning ticket.”
“It’s very good! It’s lovely!”
When he was asked how he planned to spend his newfound fortune, the winner seemed to have the world at his fingertips:
“There are a few things I’d like to do for myself! Travel could definitely be on the cards too.”
This particular winning ticket was a 36-game QuickPick entry purchased from Nextra Orange, located at 227 Summer St.
Finally, a woman in Western Sydney stepped forward to claim her $1.4 million jackpot, one which she told lotto officials couldn’t have come at a better time:
“Oh my God! Oh my Lord! You don’t know, we were so bloody broke. We really needed this.”
The veteran lotto player revealed that she tends to stick with a standard set of numbers, but in this case, she opted for the convenience of a 10-game QuickPick. That fortuitous ticket was purchased from the Lucky Charm at Wetherill Park, located at 561-583 Polding Street.
The next Saturday Superdraw is scheduled for July 29, with a $20 million prize pool on offer.
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