Bunbury Lotto player strikes it rich

Emily AceSouth Western Times

A Bunbury Forum shopper is nearly $600,000 richer after purchasing a Saturday Lotto division one winning ticket from the centre’s newsXpress store.

Store director Neville McDonald said the ticket holder had purchased a “System” game, meaning they added an extra $5000 in winnings to the $592,528 first prize.

It was one of two winning tickets in WA, with the other sold at Palmyra Supa News.

Bunbury Forum newsXpress has sold five division one winning tickets in the 12 years it has traded in the centre and was alerted of the win early on Sunday morning.

“It’s always exciting, we always try to get our balloons up pretty well straight away,” Mr McDonald said.

“It’s a tradition we started for whenever we have a big scratchie or lotto win,” Mr McDonald said.

“After the win we had late last year at Nextra Bunbury, it shows Bunbury can do it which is great.”

Mr McDonald said there had been a steady stream of hopeful players coming in to check their tickets.

“There are a fair few checking today and a few people who didn’t buy tickets who normally do, but that is the way it goes,” he said.

“We were watching everyone’s faces and their expressions as you could imagine.

“Let’s hope the buzz is around for a fair while.

“It’s great for Bunbury and we wish all the best for the person that won, it’s fantastic and a nice surprise for them.”

Mr McDonald said the next big Superdraw would see $21 million jackpot up for grabs on February 10.

This is the sixth division one win in the South West over the past 12 months, including a $1 million ticket sold at Nextra Bunbury on December 27, a $2 million ticket sold in September at the Dream 2 Day concession stand and an astounding $15 million ticket sold at Busselton’s Callows Corner in March.

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