The day-long search for an unregistered winner is over and a young Cairns family are $40 million richer after they had the only division one winning ticket in Tuesday night's Oz Lotto draw.
The young woman - who wished to remain nameless - is in total disbelief at their new fortune.
She told Golden Casket she is over the moon.
“I’m stressing out. It’s just surreal. I can’t even believe it just yet. It hasn’t even sunk in that we’re going to have so much money. Oh my god,” she exclaimed.
“The first thing I pictured was my husband not having to work long hours anymore and being able to spend more time as a family with the kids.
“We’ve been talking about him throwing in his job and working something out, but that was going to involve some big adjustments to our lifestyle.”
The working-class family's struggles will become easier with their plans for their dream home now a reality.
They also hope to spend more time together and hire a cleaner.
“I was so down in the dumps last week thinking ‘when are we going to have some really happy things to look forward to?’ Nothing was letting up on us. But then this happened.
“It’s looking like we’ll be able to get our dream home. But it’s going to be much more than what we ever thought we’d be able to afford,” she explained.
“I could get a cleaner because I don’t get too much time at home when things aren’t going haywire.
“I don’t want to flaunt it too much and we’re going to be generous. We’ll shout the family to a big holiday and treat everyone.
“Then we’ll work out how to invest it to make sure that our kids are set up for life too, so that they don’t ever have any troubles," she said.
NewsXpress Cairns Central manager Tricia McIntosh said the outlet was in celebration mode after selling the winning ticket.
“We’ve put the decorations up and it’s just amazing to have sold the winning ticket,” she exclaimed.
“It’s great to have another win under our belt. We last sold a division one winning entry in 2012 so it was high time for another one.
“We’ve had so many people coming in wanting to know if the winner has been found. They’ll be relieved we’ve found the winner, but sad it wasn’t them."
The winning numbers in Oz Lotto’s $40 million draw on Tuesday May 30 were 1, 35, 31, 19, 4, 13 and 26. The supplementary numbers were 25 and 37.
After five weeks of jackpotting the Oz Lotto prize reached $40 million for Tuesday’s draw – the third highest Australian lottery jackpot of the year, and will offer a $2 million division one prize next Tuesday.