Co-owners of the Twin Towns Casket Agency, Greg Doherty and Karen Hannaford sold a division one winning lotto ticket after only eight weeks in charge of the business.
Co-owners of the Twin Towns Casket Agency, Greg Doherty and Karen Hannaford sold a division one winning lotto ticket after only eight weeks in charge of the business. Crystal Spencer

$1.6m win could have been a gift

AFTER only eight weeks operating the Twin Towns Casket Agency, Karen Hannaford and Greg Doherty have sold their first division one lotto winner.

A Tweed Heads woman is now more than $1.6 million richer after buying a Golden Casket Megadraw 12-game Quickpick at the Coolangatta newsagency.

The woman, in her 50s, was blessed with luck to win a share of the $30 million given away on the weekend.

Not only did she beat enormous odds, she could have easily given the ticket away at Christmas.

The woman said she purchased several tickets in the Megadraw to give to family and friends as presents.

“I had one ticket left over once I’d given all the others away,” the woman said.

“It is amazing that it was the one I ended up keeping.

“It must have been meant to be.”

Mr Doherty and Mrs Hannaford, brother and sister, have triggered a lucky streak by taking over the newsagency in November.

In just eight weeks, they have sold two division two entries and one division one entry.

They were ecstatic to sell the Tweed Heads woman a division one ticket.

“It felt like we won ourselves,” Mrs Hannaford said.

“It has been very good,” Mr Doherty added.

The winner realised she had won the $1,666,666.67 prize on Tuesday morning, when she checked the paper, but remained calm until she had the win officially confirmed by Golden Casket.

“I was quietly excited, but didn’t truly believe it. I’m shaking now,” she said.

Mr Doherty agreed the woman hadn’t let any emotions out until the ticket was processed.

“She didn’t want to get too excited until it went through the machine,” he said.

There was a little celebration in the store and the woman soon returned with a bottle of champagne.

The winner says she plans to help out family and buy a new car.

She will take her time to think of how else she’ll spend her windfall.

Before purchasing a newsagency, Mr Doherty and Mrs Hannaford ran child care centres in Toowoomba and Burleigh for 16 years.

There were 18 winners in Saturday night’s $30 million Gold Lotto Megadraw.

There were two Queensland winners, eight from New South Wales, five from Victoria, two from Western Australia and one from South Australia.

The winning numbers were 12, 5, 42, 16, 34 and 33.



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