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Papamoa's $1m lucky Lotto punter yet to claim win

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Lotto supervisor Gloria Goebel said selling a $1m ticket was awesome news.
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Lotto supervisor Gloria Goebel said selling a $1m ticket was awesome news. Photo/Andrew Warner

A lucky punter who is $1m richer after they bought a first division Lotto ticket from Papamoa Pak'nSave is yet to claim their prize.

The winning ticket was drawn during Wednesday's night's live Lotto draw.

Papamoa Pak'nSave store manager Glenn MacDonald said he and the other staff were buzzing.

"It's very exciting and I really hope the lucky punter is from Papamoa," he said.

Mr MacDonald said given there were no large events being held in the area this week, he was 90 per cent convinced the winner was a local.

The store's Lotto supervisor, Gloria Goebel, said selling a $1m ticket was awesome news.

"I'm thrilled. This store has been only operating for six years and in that time we have sold two first division Lotto tickets, including a $2m ticket in March last year, and a Strike Four ticket worth just over $100,000 in February 2011.

"Plus we've sold a $10,000 Instant Kiwi and few second division winning tickets. We're clearly a lucky store," she said.

"We're so happy for the $1m winner and really hope it's a local. It would be great if the winner comes back to the store to claim their win," Mrs Goebel said.

So far this year there have been 10 first division wins - Lotto, Powerball and Strike - in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty region, totalling $11.1 million.

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