A down-to-earth Queensland couple claimed their million dollar lottery prize – but not before finishing their chores.
The retired pair did a load of laundry and made their bed on Monday before collecting their Saturday Gold Lotto division-one prize of $1,004,249.80.
The couple, who wish to remain anonymous, held one of the four division-one winning entries across Australia which was drawn on Saturday. The other three entries were from Victoria.
“I usually just get the paper and my pen and I circle the numbers on my ticket. I did it yesterday and saw I’d got all six numbers,” the winning woman said in a press release by lottery organisation The Lott.
“I said to my husband, ‘Come and check this will you?’ He said ‘I’ll be there in a minute’.
“We then went online to see how much it was. Oh God, that’s when the panic started to set in. My stomach is still going.
“The most I’ve ever won before is $80.”
The couple plan to share their jackpot with their adult children and enjoy some first-class world travel.
In spite of their windfall, the pair plan to maintain their existing lifestyle.
“I was thinking last night, it’s funny I’ve won all this money but I’m still sitting here cooking toasted sandwiches for dinner,” the woman said.
“And I’ve done the washing this morning. He’s made the bed. It’s all still got to be done.
“I didn’t sleep too well last night. I kept waking up thinking, ‘I’m not dreaming am I?’”
The couple bought their winning 18-game QuickPick entry at Kallangur Fair News.
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Rajinder Kaur, owner of Kallangur Fair News, said she was very excited to have sold the winning ticket.
“We were all crying happy tears and I wish them all the very best,” Ms Kaur said.
“This is the first divisio- one winning entry we’ve sold for a few years and we can’t wait to do it again.”
The six winning numbers in Saturday’s Gold Lotto draw 3861 were 4, 15, 2, 16, 24 and 14, with supplementary numbers 33 and 18.