Loyal Wick­ham lotto player wins big in Di­vi­sion 1

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A Wick­ham lo­cal has be­come an overnight mil­lion­aire af­ter win­ning more than $1.3 mil­lion in Lotto a lit­tle over a week ago.

The long-time male town res­i­dent and reg­u­lar Satur­day Lotto player of more than 30 years, whose iden­tity oth­er­wise re­mains a mys­tery at this stage, is now a cool $1,333,333 richer as one of only three WA and 15 na­tional Di­vi­sion 1 win­ners of the Satur­day $20 mil­lion Lotto Su­per­draw on July 30.

The lucky ticket was bought from Wick­ham Newsagency, where the win­ner is a loyal cus­tomer and con­firmed the re­sult last week.

He has ap­proached Lot­tery­west to claim the prize money and said the news was still sink­ing in.

“I don’t think I’ll be­lieve it’s real un­til I see the money in the bank,” he said.

“I was shak­ing when I re­alised I’d won and kept check­ing the num­bers. I think I must have been in shock.”

The man is re­port­edly plan­ning to put the money to­wards a stress-free re­tire­ment.

Wick­ham Newsagency owner Pam Magi­ness, who per­son­ally checked the ticket, said the win­ner was un­der­stand­ably thrilled at his stroke of good for­tune.

“They are re­ally, re­ally happy,” she said.

“They are a reg­u­lar Satur­day ticket pur­chaser. They come in ev­ery Satur­day, col­lect the ticket ... and on Mon­day check the ticket; that was pretty nor­mal. But be­cause they were aware there was a Di­vi­sion 1 win, they thought ‘wow’, checked the num­bers, got it con­firmed, and came down to see me. “I was ab­so­lutely stoked. “I couldn’t be­lieve it.” Ms Magi­ness said this also marked a coup for Wick­ham Newsagency as it was the first Di­vi­sion 1 win­ning Lotto ticket it had sold since she took over the busi­ness in 2010. “It’s about time,” she said. “Kar­ratha Newsagency’s had sev­eral in the time we’ve been here.”

Ms Magi­ness said re­ac­tion to the news had been “amaz­ing” and cre­ated “quite a buzz”.

“We’re thrilled that our first Di­vi­sion 1 win has gone to a lo­cal who is a loyal cus­tomer,” she said.

The other WA Di­vi­sion 1 tick­ets were bought from The Lucky Charm in Meadow Springs and newsXpress Ocean Keys in Clark­son.

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