FINGERS CROSSED: Greg Gilmore from Tom Grady Real Estate buying his Lotto tickets from Nicki Wilcox at Patrick’s Casket and Newsagency, Mary St, Gympie.
FINGERS CROSSED: Greg Gilmore from Tom Grady Real Estate buying his Lotto tickets from Nicki Wilcox at Patrick’s Casket and Newsagency, Mary St, Gympie. Greg Miller

What would you do if you won the lotto?

BEST friends come first for Gympie locals if their Lotto numbers come in, data from Yellow Pages and White Pages shows.

The research, conducted by Pure Profile, revealed regional Queenslanders are closer to best friends than elsewhere in the country.

Nearly 30% of regional Queensland would tell their BFFs first if they won Lotto, the highest in the country. Regional Queenslanders are 274% more likely to tell their best friend first, compared to their metropolitan counterparts.

About half of regional Queensland would be secret squirrels about winning; 53% of respondents said they wouldn't tell anyone, not even their partner or spouse. But 47% said it would be too hard to keep a secret and would tell someone.

Regional Queenslanders would also take the time to let the news sink in; 52% saying they wouldn't turn up to work the next day if they scored a big Lotto win. In fact, 59% said they would quit their job altogether.

The findings were released as Yellow Pages and White Pages announce Sunshine Coast region residents, including Gympie, have a chance to share in a lottery win, just by bringing their phone book inside. With delivery starting in early May, each Sunshine Coast Yellow Pages and White Pages book includes a ticket in to a Lotto syndicate.

Yellow Pages Print, Product and Distribution group manager Stephen Harvy said the data findings offered a unique glimpse into what could happen if Gympie residents were lucky enough to share in a lottery win.

"We're giving residents the chance to change their lives, so keep an eye out for Yellow Pages and White Pages delivery coming to your area soon.

"And if any Gympie locals start booking overseas holidays, they may have been the lucky ones, although they'd probably never tell you."

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Adam Cross: All you can eat pizza hut!!

Julie Parker: Faint! I didn't put it in.

Ben Milham: Hire a hitman and give him a long list. Spend the rest of my days doing whatever I feel like.

Belinda Brady: Go and turn the sign on my dad's workshop to closed.

Maree Punter: Probably have a heart attack, drop dead and they would use my winnings to bury me

Peter Tanzer: Buy a house in Gympie stay there for good

Jess Cook: I'd stay real quiet and keep living my life. Meanwhile, I'd be buying property all over the world, then one day boom - I'd disappear, never to return.

What would you do if you won the lotto tonight?

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Brett Paul Willie: Buy Tony Abbott a brain.

Paul Madison Doss: Thank the wonderfully kind individual who bought the ticket in my name because I don't gamble.

Julie Johnson: Live a life I should be living.

Gabrielle Wallace: Breathe a sigh of relief.

Mary Duffy-Sempf: Buy my own piece of paradise and pay off my kid's existing homes.

Donna Carthy: Free up my family and siblings of mortgage repayments, set up my baby boys, give some to charity and of course, go on a SHOPPING SPREE.

Alison Oddie: Visit my Queensland friends

Cherie Summerill-Allen: Sit in shock and look at the ticket and if the Lotto people rang me, I would probably ask to ring them back to make sure it was real.

Colleen Scott: CRY!

Chad Hooper: Establish my self sufficiency, off the grid.

Jodie Hardie: Make a lot of people happy and start a philanthropic environmental grant.

Steven Lawson: Go to the speedway

Danielle Jean Lynch: Vomit

Patricia Hickey: I'd pay out our mortgage and I'd buy all my boys a house each and I'd sit back, celebrate for a long time and lol.

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