Thursday, March 28, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Ten Ex-Railway Workers Nab A Mil In Lotto

Ten Mackay friends have had their week pleasantly de-railed after discovering their 40-year-old syndicate entry scored $1 million in the weekend’s Saturday Gold Lotto draw.
The North Queensland ex-railway workers held one of five division one winning entries in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 4453 on Saturday 23 March 2024. The group’s entry won a total prize of $1,054,144.91.
One of the winning members revealed how the group came about after an official from the Lott called to confirm the wonderful news.
“I’ve been waiting for this call for 40 years!” he laughed.
“Thank you very much! We’re a syndicate. There are 10 of us and when we started, we each picked one number.
“We’ve been playing the syndicate every week since.
“We were all railway workers. We’re pretty much all retired now but we used to all work together. Some of the original boys passed away but someone else always took over the entry.
“We put in a ticket for 10 weeks at a time. Each time it comes around, I message ‘Lotto’s due’, they always pay it. Never had to chase anyone up!
“They’re so excited. We’ll do something to celebrate. We’ve stayed mates, so it’ll be great to see everyone all together again.
“We’ve got five numbers a couple of times. It seemed like we were always just one off or two off. Once we got five and a supplementary number.
“Some of us have had a bit of bad luck in the past few months so it couldn’t have come at a better time.
“The lady at the bank, she’ll be wrapped. She’s always seeing me come in. I always say, ‘Maybe next time, we’ll get it!’.
“It’s wonderful, mate. It’ll make retirement even more relaxing for my wife and I. Right now, we’re doing some travel in Australia, so we’ll continue with that!”

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