20 million reasons to try luck
IF GARY Mauger was to win $20 million in tonight’s Oz Lotto jackpot, he reckons the first thing he would splash out on would be a “big holiday” off the coast of Western Australia.
Clearly that’s wishful thinking and the chances of the Maryborough resident taking out the big bucks are fairly slim but, believe it or not, he actually has better odds than many others living in Queensland.
The Wide Bay and Burnett is the seventh luckiest region in Queensland according to Golden Casket’s annual top ten Lotto hot spots list.
In 2009 there were five division one winners in the region who shared in just under $8 million prize money.
The biggest was a $6 million Powerball win in Bargara, followed by a $1 million win in Hervey Bay
Sold at Sandy Straits News, the $1 million win was the latest on a growing list of first division lottery tickets at the Urangan newsagency.
In five years the newsagency has sold five first division tickets and two winning scratchies and is now considered one of the luckiest stores in Queensland.
Following a $500,000 scratchie win, co-owner Anne Orsborn was quoted as saying her business’s track record was “incredible”.
“People come in and say lightning doesn’t strike twice ... but I say ‘Well, it’s struck more than twice in five years’. And we’re doing our best to keep the winners coming.”
Claudia Davidson, owner of Core’s Lucky Black Cat Newsagency in Maryborough, said yesterday her regulars, such as Mr Mauger, were “feeling pretty lucky” about tonight’s jackpot.
“It’s one of the biggest we’ve had since Christmas time,” she said. “We’re selling quite a few tickets and hoping for a big win.”
A Golden Casket spokesperson said it had been a big year for Queensland lotto wins with Queenslanders sharing in $257 million in first division prizes.
The luckiest place in Queensland to buy a lotto ticket was the Gold Coast followed by Brisbane North and Townsville.