Gold Coast lotto mystery winner comes forward

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

A Gold Coast business is down one very happy worker after a somewhat delayed $4 million lotto win.

The man in his 50s, who wanted to remain anonymous, checked his winning ticket half a dozen times before he asked his boss to double check on his phone.

The winner said his boss told him cheerily to go and never return: "He's a good boss." 

"Then my boss cheerily told me to go and never return. He's a good boss," he said with a laugh, according to Golden Casket.

"I'll definitely be taking some time off working and there are plenty of holidays to come. I'll also probably buy myself a house and one for my kids, too."

The Gold Coast local said he played weekly but usually didn't check his tickets for weeks at a time and probably wouldn't this time if he hadn't heard about the search for a winner.

"So this ticket probably would have sat in my wallet for a couple of weeks before I checked it," he said.

"Luckily this morning I saw on the news that the weekend's winning ticket was sold at Surf News Marina Mirage – so I thought I better hurry up and check it."

The man was the first solo division 1 Saturday winner since March.

According to the lottery operator, the winner's reaction to the news was as expected: "Yes! Unbelievable! Unreal! That's so good, so good! I'm really happy!"

Surf News Marina Mirage owners Kay and Ken Burns said they were thrilled to know the winner was a regular.

The mystery winners of a $2 million draw from Cairns in January 2014 and a $1 million draw from Morayfield in June last year were still yet to claim their prizes.