$3m up for grabs: Gold Lotto hunts mystery winners

MILLIONS of dollars won on two lotto tickets are still yet to be claimed as Golden Casket launches a nation-wide hunt for the mystery winners.

On October 14, a ticket bought at the Aussie News store next to Aussie World on Queensland's Sunshine Coast earned its buyer an incredible $2,008,468.44.

However, the lucky winner is not registered with Golden Casket so to claim the prize, they may have to dig through their wallet or purse before they can claim the cash.

Search on for Coast's newest multi-millionaire .Caitlin Badke from Aussie News at the store where the wninning ticket was sold.
Search on for Coast's newest multi-millionaire .Caitlin Badke from Aussie News at the store where the wninning ticket was sold. Warren Lynam

After news broke of the win last week, Aussie News' owner Stephen Plang said he was excited to find out who had taken home the millions.

"We have no idea at the moment but we have rung the Golden Casket who have confirmed it," he said at the time.

"But we are not even sure if it was a registered ticket or not. We don't know if they were a Coast local or someone passing through.

"Absolutely we would hope they are a regular, this is amazing to hear."

You win millions of dollars, what do you do first?

This poll ended on 30 November 2017.

Current Results

Withdraw it from the bank in cash and throw it around a bit


Call my boss and quit my job


Go to work as normal then dramatically quit my job


Buy a motorbike and do heaps of wheelies


Hide it so people don't hassle me about it


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The region is becoming infamous for buying winning lotto tickets then failing to claim.

Golden Casket is still waiting for whoever bought a ticket at Cotton Tree News for a lotto draw in December 2016 to claim the $1.024 million they won. 

Spokesman Matt Hart said winners had seven years to claim their prizes, so it might be time to make sure there's not a sneaky ticket hiding around the house.

"We're in the business of paying prizes so will continue to urge people to check old tickets," he said.

"In Queensland, people have up to seven years to claim their prizes and we've certainly had instances of people only discovering their division one windfall months and even years after the winning numbers were drawn."

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