Ashla-Paige Butterworth, from Ferny Hills, is making sure she is in it to win it and won’t be losing her ticket.
Ashla-Paige Butterworth, from Ferny Hills, is making sure she is in it to win it and won’t be losing her ticket. Annette Dew

Are you sitting on a lotto fortune?

IT'S time to check your glove box, clean out your handbag and look under the couch cushions because Queenslanders are sitting on a whopping $5.7 million in unclaimed lottery prizes.

Golden Casket has revealed of the eight unclaimed division one lotto tickets in the country, five of them were purchased in the Sunshine State.

Golden Casket spokesman Matt Hart said the unclaimed prizes included a $2 million ticket sold in Cairns in 2014, a $1 million ticket sold in Morayfield in 2015 and a $1 million ticket sold in Maroochydore in 2016.

"Interestingly, it seems Queenslanders are the shyest in the country at coming forward to claim their lottery division one prizes," Mr Hart said.

"We never lose hope of uniting winners with their millions and have had people come forward weeks, months and even years after their winning numbers were drawn."

Mr Hart said in Queensland, lotto winners had up to seven years to collect their prize.

"We had an instance last year where a man discovered he had become a millionaire more than a year earlier and he found his winning ticket while cleaning his car," he said.

Lutwyche News and Gifts, which has since become Nextra Newsagency in Lutwyche City, is still waiting for a division one prize winner to come and collect after purchasing a $1.3 million ticket on December 31, 2016.

Store manage Bianca Ayres said all the staff were excitedly waiting for the winner to come back.

"It's really amazing when people have a win and they tell you their plans and all their friends come in and tell you they know them," she said.

"It definitely has an effect when there's a big win we have a lot of people coming in saying they're following the luck.

"A lot of people are quite superstitious and you can't say good luck to them and others will ask you to print another ticket because they're not feeling the luck with the numbers."

Despite the long odds of winning division one lottery prizes - eight million to one for Gold Lotto, 45 million to one for Oz Lotto and 134 million to one for Powerball - lotto has remained as popular as ever.

Already this year, 35 Queenslanders have won division one prizes equating to almost $54 million in prize money.

A Bondi man this month defied the odds twice, winning division one lotto twice in one week and taking home almost $2.5 million

"While all draw lottery games are entertaining games of chance, we do find that some regions can see clusters of wins from time to time," Mr Hart said.

What are your odds of winning the lottery?

LOTTO WINS

Queenslanders have won 35 of the 182 division one lotto wins so far this year

Queenslanders have won more than $53 million in division one prizes in 2018

Brisbane and the Gold Coast have each had six winners in 2018 followed by the Wide Bay Burnett with three and North Queensland and Logan with two each

UNCLAIMED DIVISION ONE PRIZES

Five of Australia's eight unclaimed division one lotto prizes worth more than a combined $5.7 million were sold in Queensland.

$2 million Gold Lotto ticket sold in Cairns for the January 22, 2014 draw.

$1 million Gold Lotto ticket sold in Morayfield for the June 20, 2015 draw.

$1 million Gold Lotto ticket sold in Maroochydore for the December 19, 2016 draw.

$1.3 million Gold Lotto ticket sold in Lutwyche for the December 31, 2016 draw.

$369,000 Gold Lotto ticket sold in Capalaba for the November 4, 2017 draw.

DIVISION ONE ODDS

Saturday Gold Lotto

Six winning numbers

Odds of winning based on one standard game are 8,145,060:1

Monday and Wednesday Gold Lotto

Six winning numbers

Odds of winning based on one standard game are 8,145,060: 1

Tuesday Oz Lotto

Seven winning numbers

Odds of winning based on one standard game are 45,379,620:1

Thursday Powerball

Seven winning numbers plus the Powerball

Odds of winning based on one standard game are 134,490,400: 1

OTHER ODDS

Chance of dying from heart disease 3:1

Being injured while using a chainsaw 4644:1

Bring killed by fireworks 616,488:1

Being struck by lightning 2,300,000:1

Being attacked by a shark 11,500,000:1

Becoming an astronaut 12,100,000:1

Originally published as Are you sitting on a lotto fortune?