Newsagent hits jackpot
And hoping to make more millionaires yet
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.”
Soraya Le Marshall and Olivia McKenzie from Nextra Burleigh Heads celebrate the winning ticket being sold from their shop.