$31 million reasons to dream
ONE lucky Ipswich resident's wildest dreams could come true tonight when Golden Casket's biggest Lotto draw of the year takes place.
The jackpot for the Gold Lotto Megadraw is a whopping $31 million, and Ipswich newsagents like Raceview News' Nik Brown have been flat out selling tickets.
Mr Brown said interest in the draw had been massive, and he expected more people to snap up last-minute tickets today.
“We've had heaps of people buying tickets – everyone needs the money after Christmas,” Mr Brown said.
“$31 million is a massive amount and it's generated a lot of interest.”
Ripley resident Terry Besant was one customer who yesterday purchased a ticket for the draw.
Mr Besant said after setting up the financial future of his children and donating a fair chunk to charity, he would buy a tropical island or two in North Queensland if he won.
“You have to be in it to win it – you might as well give it a go,” Mr Besant said.
“I've had some small wins in the past, but I'm hoping I'll be able to retire after this big draw.”
In Queensland more than 123 division one prizes have been won so far this year, equating to more than $170 million in prize money.
Golden Casket CEO Bill Thorburn said generally, division one winners were quite sensible on how they used their winnings to benefit them.
“The majority of winners say they will initially pay off their mortgage, buy a home or do some home improvements,” Mr Thorburn said.
“This is generally followed by upgrading transport and a well-deserved holiday.”
Meanwhile, should Mr Brown not sell the winning ticket but buy it himself, he plans on quietly slipping away from life in Ipswich.
“I would pack up and go to Cape York and I wouldn't tell a soul,” he said.
Sadly, no Ipswich suburbs featured in the top 10 Queensland postcodes for Lotto wins this year – with western neighbours Toowoomba claiming top spot.
Queensland's biggest win for 2010 was the $30 million Powerball prize which was sold on Bribie Island
More than $170 million has been won across the state
Toowoomba has had five lotto tickets win close to $5.5 million in prize money