$70m sparks lotto rush
NO ONE from South Gippsland walked away with the $70 million first prize in last week’s Oz Lotto draw but it didn’t stop us from trying.
Deb Watchorn from Leongatha NewsXpress said last Tuesday was the biggest day the agency has had since taking over the lotto outlet two years ago.
“Most of the day we were flat out. We’ve never had a day like it before,” she said.
“Our staff did a great job even when one of our terminals went down and the lines grew longer, but all the customers were really understanding.
“It quietened down by around five minutes to 6pm, but we had a rush pretty much from 3.30 until then.”
It wasn’t just the $70m that drew people to buy tickets, but other major prizes as well.
“This week’s been massive. Not only did we have the $70m on Tuesday but it was $20m for Powerball on Thursday night and another $20m for Saturday,” Ms Watchorn said.
The jackpot for next week’s Powerball has lifted the major prize to $25m, so ticket sales are expected to remain high.
“So far we’ve had no big prizes as yet but we’ve paid lots of smaller prizes as well,” Ms Watchorn said.
Marcus Fitzgerald from the Korumburra Newsagency reported a similar experience.
“It was steady all day on the Tuesday. We had a couple of lulls but overall it was a pretty flat out day,” he said.
“We haven’t had any major winners come through the doors but heaps of little prizes.
“It’s just been a great week for ticket sales.”
Demand pushed the closing time back almost two hours at Wonthaggi Lotto and owner Keith Ritchie said it was the biggest draw he’d ever seen.
“People were queued out the door and onto the footpath all day,” he said.
“We’re normally open until 5.30pm, but it was closer to 7pm by the time we closed.”
Three winners from around Australia shared in the Oz Lotto Jackpot, each winning $24.9m.
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