Punters eager to win Lotto millions
NEWSAGENTS are bracing for a rush for Lotto tickets with a superdraw worth $31 million to be drawn on New Year's Eve.
McCracken's Newsagency owner Neal Hinrichs said his customers always went for the big draws.
"It's a chance to spread the money around," he said.
"Lotto usually goes about 30 ways and that means we have lot of first division winners who each win about $1 million."
Mr Hinrichs said his outlet always sold a lot more tickets when there was a megadraw.
"Our regulars put their tickets in and we get a lot of people who only play once a year."
Mr Hinrichs said in the past there had been a lot of winners who had not won prizes before.
"Saturday Lotto is the most popular, there are a lot of regular players who only play on Saturdays," he said.
The latest statistics released by Golden Casket reveal that in the 12 months to December 1, 2011, the Wide Bay and Burnett region ranked sixth in Queensland in terms of both the frequency of division one winning Gold Lotto entries sold and the sum of division one prize money claimed.
Three Wide Bay and Burnett players saw their Gold Lotto dreams come true, with division one wins equating to $3,412,398.29 in prize money.
Golden Casket public relations executive Louise Azzopardi said one of the lucky winners, who won $1,060,000 in Saturday Gold Lotto on April 16, was ecstatic when he found out he was a big winner.
"He used the prize money to clear his mortgage and credit card, renovate his house and invest for his retirement," she said.
This year, 19 Australians began 2011 as Lotto millionaires, each scoring more than $1.6 million in the 2010 New Year's Eve $31 million Megadraw.