Lucky shop strikes again

By Roger Moroney

For the second time in six weeks Lotto's First Division prize has been picked up in Napier - albeit a share of it.

Five tickets struck the million-dollar first prize, and one of the $200,000 winners bought their ticket at Andrew Spence Pharmacy in Onekawa.

On June 9 the Powerball, at $10,333,000, was picked up by a Napier man who bought the ticket at Napier's Pak'NSave supermarket.

While a fraction of that prize, it was still a bright spot in someone's life, pharmacy owner Andrew Spence said.

"We are delighted for them ... a nice way to add a bit of sunshine to the middle of winter."

He had heard that the winner, who he said was "a local person" may have taken the ticket to another outlet yesterday to have the paperwork done. However, a Lotto spokeswoman said the ticket had not been validated.

"They may be holding on to it for now or may not be aware yet that they've won - so we urge people who bought tickets there to check them."

Mr Spence said he had no idea who had picked up a share of the big one, but hoped it was one of his regulars.

"We wish them lots of enjoyment and pleasure from their winnings."

The ticket was the ninth Division 1 winner the outlet has sold - joining three Powerball successes, one Big Wednesday and 65 Division 2 wins.

"The last Division 2 was only a few weeks ago so we're on a bit of a roll," Mr Spence said, adding he hoped over the next week or two to be able to reinforce the old "things come in threes" saying.

"We are expecting an increase in customers next weekend. We see it whenever we sell a winner."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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