Lotto draw excites city
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
IF Heather Edwards wins the $31 million major prize in tonight's Gold Lotto she will take a holiday around the world.
On top off helping her kids pay off their student loans, that is.
Ms Edwards was one of the winners in The Observer's Mega Quickpick lotto giveaway.
"I don't know what I'd do with that much money, probably start with a holiday around the world I think,'' Ms Edwards said.
But even those who were not lucky enough to win a free ticket from The Observer were already starting to plan what they would do with the money yesterday.
Lotto fever has hit the city with everyone keen to get a piece of the action in the New Year's Eve draw.
Gladstone News agency employee Andrew Corones said tickets in tonight's big draw were going thick and fast.
"Yeah it has been very popular,'' he said. "It's been really full on.''
Mr Corones said along with those who regularly bought lotto tickets, the once a year entrants were also lining up for a ticket and a chance to make their dreams come true.
He estimated every second person who went through the store yesterday bought lotto tickets.
Mr Corones said he expected even more sales today as the hours left until the draw slipped away.
"The last couple of days have been the busiest and I reckon tomorrow will be even busier,'' Mr Corones said.
Tonight's lotto draw is expected to surpass last year's event in which four lucky Queenslanders won more than $1.1 million each.
Tickets will stay on sale until 7.45pm tonight. The draw will be televised on Channel Seven at about 9pm.
I know one Observer reporter who will be watching with great interest.