WHILE MOST people have pulled down the decorations and packed up the Christmas tree, a Boyne Island couple discovered they had one more unexpected festive surprise waiting for them, a surprise worth $445,000.
For almost two weeks the registered winners were unaware they had won a first division prize in the Saturday Gold Lotto draw on Boxing Day until a Golden Casket official was finally able to speak with them and deliver the incredible news that they were kicking off the new year almost half a million dollars richer.
"What, Are you kidding me?" the mysterious husband said to the Golden Casket official.
"I've gone numb and now I'm shaking like a leaf. Wow - the most I've ever won is about $500.
"I thought you were going to tell me that I'd won $1,000 but this is so much more than that."
The mysterious couple said it was a life changing amount of money for them.
"I'm getting close to retirement so now I'll be able to bring that forward and retire a little earlier than planned," the husband said.
"I don't know what we'll do with our windfall but we will do something special for us."
The division one winning ticket was purchased from Boyne Island Newsagency, Shop 3 in Boyne Island Plaza, Centenary Drive, Boyne Island.
Newsagent Keith Wood said he had a bottle of champagne waiting at the news agency for the couple.
"We have a little sign up saying we had a winner for the last couple of weeks; it's becoming a bit of an anti-climax," he said.
There were nine entries that won a first division share of Saturday Gold Lotto's estimated $4 million division one prize pool on Saturday 26 December 2015, each worth $445,935.26.
In addition to the division one winning entry from Boyne Island, there were another two division one winning tickets sold in Queensland, four were from Victoria and one each in New South Wales and Western Australia.
The winning numbers in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3593 on Saturday 26 December 2015 were 36, 5, 35, 9, 25 and 34 with the supplementary numbers of 42 and 29.