Punter reaps $851,000 windfall
A COALFALLS man has claimed the $851,000 Gold Lotto winnings from Saturday night's draw.
The man, who regularly buys his tickets from the Brassall Newsagency, has religiously bought one for 30 years.
He split the jackpot with three other winners - two from New South Wales and one from Victoria.
The winnings will help the man upgrade his car, improve his home and take his time to think about the best way to use the rest.
"I've been playing Gold Lotto since the game was first introduced to Queensland," he said.
"Although I've often thought about what it would feel like to win a division one prize, when Golden Casket confirmed that it had actually happened - to me - it came as a big shock.
"This is just unbelievable!"
Brassall Newsagency owners Pam and Dave Bassi said Saturday's win was the second division one winning ticket they had sold.
Five years ago a man aged in his 80s claimed a $7.3 million prize through the newsagent.
Mr Bassi said once a customer had tasted success, they wanted to chase that feeling again.
"A person who won the $250,000 here has come in and spent a little bit more money since they won.
"Once they have one, they keep on trying," he said. "People always think if you have sold a winning ticket it must be lucky. We always recognise new faces."
Golden Casket public relations executive Louise Azzopardi said that Saturday's win was the second division one win in the Ipswich region this year.
"It follows a Brassall family's $5 million win on January 10," she said.
They had bought the ticket from Vogue Newsagency in Brisbane St.