Australia may be the lucky country - but do you live in a lucky suburb?
Tatts Group, which runs Oz Lotto, Powerball, Golden Casket and various other lotteries and draws, has compiled a list of Australia’s luckiest suburbs when it comes to winning big.
Combined the winners have won a staggering $630 million — and the luckiest state in Australia is Queensland, which has scooped more than $135 million in the past two years.
Nerang on Queensland’s Gold Coast, the South Australian city of Mount Gambier, with a population of less than 28,000, and Perth, the capital of Western Australia, have won seven major prizes each in the past two years, totalling more than $35 million.
In NSW, Campbelltown in southwest Sydney has the most lottery winnings, totalling $4.75 million. It has been the number one suburb for lottery winnings in NSW for the past six years.
Huge lottery wins, such as the $70 million Oz Lotto jackpot won by 10 women on the Gold Coast in December last year, created a huge buzz - and not just from the winners. Winning newsagencies say wins always boost sales.
Most big money winners buy new homes, update their cars and share their prize money with family.
According to Oz Lotto’s official website, the odds of winning Division 1 with seven correct numbers is 45,379,620 to one.
And there's no secret to winning big - Tatts Lotteries data shows that winners use the random lucky dip QuickPick choice at least 50 per cent of the time in each state.
Hoppers Crossing, on the south-west edge of Melbourne, and Dandenong, in south-east Melbourne, have had more lottery wins over the past two years than any other suburbs in Victoria. They each have had six First Division prizes totalling a combined $23 million.
The biggest wins have been in Richmond, Melbourne, where $23.3 million has been won since September 1, 2013.