One Oz Lotto entry wins entire $40m jackpot yet remains unclaimed

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

ONE lucky Queenslander won the entire $40 million Oz Lotto jackpot last night, but as the entry was unregistered the identity of the new multi-millionaire remains a mystery.

The ticket was bought in Cairns.

Earlier this morning Golden Casket spokesman Matthew Hart urged all Queensland lotto players to check their entries as the country’s newest multi-millionaire was yet to come forward to claim the jackpot won in Tuesday night’s Oz Lotto draw 1215.

He said lotto officials could not contact the winner as instead of entering with a registered Winner’s Circle card, they bought an unregistered ticket.

“We know the entry was bought in Queensland, but they could be living there or just have been visiting a particular place,” Mr Hart said.

“There are 40 million reasons why all Cairns players who had an entry in last night’s draw should check their ticket immediately.

“If you discover you’re holding the division one winning entry, hold on tight to that ticket and phone 131 868 as soon as possible so that we can start the prize claim process.”

Mr Hart said there was still an unrelated unclaimed $2 million division one lotto prize from Gold Lotto entry draw 3315 on January 22, 2014.

That unclaimed windfall was bought from NewsExtra at DFO Cairns.

Mr Hart said Far North had proved to be a lotto hotspot this year, with six division one wins in Cairns and the surrounding region so far this year.

“This includes three Monday and Wednesday Gold Lotto wins, two Oz Lotto wins and a Super 66 win,” he said.

“In total, more than $58 million in lotto division one prizes have landed in the region since January.

“Interestingly, the region also has form with big Oz Lotto wins. In February, a Mareeba farmer in his 50s won $15 million in Oz Lotto and planned to help his family, buy a new house, go on a cruise and buy his dream ute.”

Tuesday night’s $40 million jackpot was the third highest Australian lottery jackpot of the year.

Mr Hart said a $50 million Powerball jackpot was won by a Sydney man a few weeks ago while a $55 million prize was won by a syndicate at the start of the year.

The winning numbers in Oz Lotto’s $40 million draw 1215 were: 1, 35, 31, 19, 4, 13 and 26. The supplementary numbers were 25 and 37.