A FATHER from Brisbane has admitted he was completely surprised on Wednesday when he found out by accident that last month he became a Saturday Gold Lotto millionaire.
The man in his 40s knew he was a winner when he went to collect a $70 win from a recent lotto draw, but his winnings were more than $1 million once he realised he had an unchecked Saturday Gold Lotto entry in his wallet.
He was one of the two Brisbane residents who became millionaires in Saturday Gold Lotto's $20 Million Superdraw - but because his entry was unregistered and he had not checked it, he had no idea.
His was one of the 19 division one winning entries in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3759 on July 29.
Each won $1,052,631.58.
The man told a Golden Casket official, "Wow! I'm a bit shaky. I'm speechless.”
"Someone mentioned the other day that they saw Nextra Gumdale had sold a winning ticket in the Gold Lotto Superdraw, and I thought it had already been claimed.
"I actually scanned last night's ticket and I won $70, but then the woman at the counter said 'No, this one hasn't been claimed yet'.
"I said 'I think I had a ticket in that'. I couldn't find it in one part of my wallet, but I found it in another part and put it in the machine!
"I had no idea!”
With his new millionaire status only minutes old, the man admitted he couldn't even begin to fathom how he might use his prize.
"I have no idea at the moment. It's a bit overwhelming,” he said.
"I think what will make the difference is seeing the money in my bank account!”
The man wishes to remain anonymous.