$2.5m winner wanted
A TWEED or Coolangatta resident could be the lucky winner of a $2.5 million Lotto draw without even knowing it.
Coolangatta Newsagency owners Michael and Janet Hammond are urging people to check their tickets after being informed they had sold a first division prize entry in last Saturday night's Gold Lotto draw.
Eight winners across Australia took a share of the $20 million first division prize pool, with one of those being a customer at the Cool- angatta store.
But because the ticket was not registered, Mr and Mrs Hammond have no way of telling who bought it or of contacting the winner.
Mrs Hammond said it was “thrilling” to know they had sold a winning ticket.
She said that despite many tourists buying their lottery tickets at her store, she really wanted a local person to win.
“I hope it is a local,” she said. We do get a lot of tour- ists through the shop, but it would be lovely if it was a local.”
Mr and Mrs Hammond's daughter Melanie, who also works at the Griffith Street store, agreed it would be good to see a local person walk away as a new multi-millionaire.
“When tourists buy tickets they always say that if they win they won't have to go home,” Ms Hammond said.
“But it would be good to see a local win it.”
Mrs Hammond said people were now hurrying to the store to have their tickets checked.
“A lot of young people buy their tickets here and never check them,” she said.
The $20 million in last Saturday's draw kicked off a week of big cash prizes for Lotto. Tonight's Oz Lotto draw could see someone walk away with a whopping $50 million.
Mrs Hammond encouraged people to continue to buy their tickets at her store, which she dubbed “the lucky store”.
“You can try your luck by buying a ticket in Tuesday's Oz Lotto,” she said.
“We're very keen to sell the first division for the $50 million as well.”
Her daughter also wanted to remind people that the Powerball jackpot was up at $10 million this week.
“So a lot of money is up for grabs this week,” she said.
Coolangatta Newsagency has sold three other first division-winning tickets over the past six years.
The Tweed has also had its own share of luck in the lottery stakes.
In January this year, Twin Towns Services Club sold a $7 million winning ticket in a NSW Lotteries $2 jackpot draw. Also in January, a Pottsville man pocketed $1 million on a Keno win.
Last year, Tweed City Shopping Centre News- agency sold a $10,000 winning ticket for a NSW Lot- teries $2 jackpot draw.
This week in lotto:
• Tonight - Oz Lotto $50 million
• Tomorrow - Wed Lotto $1 million
• Thursday draw - Powerball $10 million
• Saturday draw - $4 million