The surprising item wildly popular with Aussie lottery winners

·Associate News Editor
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You'd expect those who win big on Australia's lotteries to also spend big, splashing the cash to their heart's desire.

But while fast cars and extravagant holidays may be on the wish list, there is one surprising, more practical item many Aussies say they want.

Sitting down with Yahoo News Australia on Thursday, Matt Hart, The Lott and Keno's General Manager of Public Relations, surprisingly revealed household chores are still at the forefront of winners' minds.

"I'm always stunned how often Dyson vacuum cleaners come up. Because if you've won $20, $60 million, you could probably buy a few Dyson vacuum cleaners," he said.

Surprisingly, of the first things many Aussies dream of finally getting is a Dyson vacuum. Source: Getty
Surprisingly, of the first things many Aussies dream of finally getting is a Dyson vacuum. Source: Getty

Mr Hart, who is responsible for calling up Australia's biggest lottery winners from games such as Powerball and Oz Lotto, said he did have one winner who went and bought three straight after she learned of her gargantuan windfall.

"I think it shows that some of these things would have been within their reach, but they could never quite justify spending their cash on that," he explained.

Other uninspiring items on previous wish lists include a dishwasher and a new roof, Mr Hart said.

Aussies more humble with their big wins

And while some obviously want to spend big and enjoy their newfound wealth, Mr Hart says he's found Aussie winners to be more humble than those in the UK, for example, and try to be not as "showy".

"One of the key things with Australian winners is they don't really want their relationships with friends and family to change, they don't want their friends to accuse them of 'oh well look who's the millionaire now', so they do try to keep it on the down low," he said.

Matt Hart from the Lott revealed Aussie winners don't always go after the fast cars and extravagant new homes. Source: Yahoo
Matt Hart from the Lott revealed Aussie winners don't always go after the fast cars and extravagant new homes. Source: Yahoo

"They just want to pay off the mortgage, set themselves up comfortably for life. They're not really into massive, flashy extravagance."

And then there's some who are in no rush to spend any of their new fortune.

"We've spoken to some winners and six months on they haven't even touched the prize," he said.

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