Newsagent hits jack­pot

And hop­ing to make more mil­lion­aires yet

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - BRI­ANNA MOR­RIS-GRANT

A NEWSAGENCY that sold a Gold Coast man a win­ning $60 mil­lion Power­ball en­try is al­ready hop­ing to make some­one else a mil­lion­aire by year’s end.

Thurs­day’s jack­pot was the sec­ond-largest Divi­sion 1 prize won by a sin­gle en­try in Aus­tralian lot­tery his­tory.

A 60-year-old Burleigh Heads man bought his en­try from Nex­tra Burleigh Town News at Stock­land Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Newsagent co-owner Shane Grif­fin said they were “thrilled” by the win, their sec­ond first divi­sion jack­pot this year.

“It’s ab­so­lutely amaz­ing and the cus­tomer who won seems like a great guy who’s just re­tired, young enough to en­joy it in his own words,” he said.

“We un­der­stand he’s one of our reg­u­lar cus­tomers so we’re very ex­cited. We’ve got a great group of reg­u­lar cus­tomers that come in here all the time and it’s just a real thrill that one of them won.

“We’ve had a $1.3 mil­lion first divi­sion in March, then this ... we’ve ac­tu­ally got about seven or eight weeks to go and we’re hop­ing to get a third.”

The re­cently re­tired win­ner, who wished to re­main anony­mous, said he bought the ticket “on a whim”.

“Some­times it’s a spur of the mo­ment thing. I usu­ally grab a ticket when there is a large jack­pot,” he said.

“I have been play­ing it on and off since the game started and have never won any­thing more than $600! Most likely I will share it with my fam­ily and go on a re­ally good hol­i­day.”

With less than two months to go to snag an­other Divi­sion 1 prize for the year, Mr Grif­fin said there might be some­thing spe­cial mak­ing the store a win­ner.

“We’ve had quite a few here over the years, I’m not sure how many ex­actly ... we do sell an amaz­ing num­ber of first di­vi­sions, ac­tu­ally,” he said. “But there’s no spe­cial trick, you’ve just got to be in it to win it.”

Pic­ture: JERAD WIL­LIAMS

So­raya Le Mar­shall and Olivia McKen­zie from Nex­tra Burleigh Heads cel­e­brate the win­ning ticket be­ing sold from their shop.

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