Gladstone reaps millions in lotto wins, tops state

IF YOU want to get rich quick buy a Lotto ticket.

It's an obvious statement but make sure you buy one from Gladstone as our region is the "luckiest" in Queensland.

Tatts Group Lotteries revealed that in the past 12 months Gladstone and Boyne Island were its best "Lotto hotspots" for 2016, raking in more than $6 million in total prize money.

A total of five winners shared in the $6 million bounty.

The biggest win for the year in Gladstone was $1.96 million, which was claimed only two months ago by one lucky winner.

That ticket was bought at Nextra Valley News and went unclaimed for days, with the winner, not realising and turning up for work, even though she had just become a millionaire.

GLADSTONE'S LUCKY LOTTO YEAR | 

At the time, owner of Nextra Valley News, Rosalie McPherson, said it had been almost five years to the date since her last million dollar winner.

"I walked in at quarter to five on Sunday and went to the terminal and thought I'm going to see Nextra Valley News pop up," she said.

"And it did. I couldn't believe it."

Another Gladstone couple won $1.5 million back in June after buying a ticket from Park Street News & Gifts.

Owner Aaron Cameron said 2016 was a big year for him, with two division one winners in three months.

He said they shared about $3 million amongst themselves and that the flow-on effect from the big wins had been positive for his business.

Lotto tickets at Banora p[oint Newsagency. 
Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
Lotto tickets at Banora p[oint Newsagency. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

"Once you're perceived to be a lucky newsagent, people come flocking towards you, especially having two winners in three months," he said.

"In a town that's been struggling for about a year now, this is good positive news which is great for Gladstone."

Mr Cameron said he occasionally bought Lotto tickets but hadn't struck a winner just yet.

During the past 12 months Queensland lottery players have scored 99 division one prizes, pocketing more than $201.7 million.

Trailing Gladstone's lucky winners by about $3 million was North and West Mackay who came in second in Queensland.

The north Queensland postcode picked up $3.5 million for five winners, with the biggest prize being $1.2 million. Central Queensland managed a total of eight division one winners this year, with a total prize money pool of $8 million.

Golden Casket spokeswoman Elissa Lewis said although Gladstone and Mackay sold more division one winning entries than other states, it didn't mean tickets purchased in these areas had any more chance of winning.



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