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200000 reasons to smile

Emma Pritchard

When a Grafton man learned he was the winner of the Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot, draw 1532 on May 10, he didn’t believe it.

Initially, he thought it was a scam. He was even more shocked when he discovered he held a small fortune in his hands.

After a representative from The Lott contacted him last week to confirm he was officially $200000 richer and wasn’t being targeted by scammers, the Grafton man described his win as “bloody brilliant”, and confessed he was still stunned by the revelation. In an official statement released by The Lott, the Grafton man revealed he and his wife love buying lottery tickets and had always dreamed of winning. “When I told my wife, she was probably more shocked than me,” he said.

“Honestly, when I initially saw I’d won, I thought it might be some kind of scam or a novelty ticket.”

But it wasn’t.

“I checked the ticket the other day when I popped into the news agency, and when I realized I had the winning $200000 ticket, I was shocked,” he said. “I just couldn’t believe it. “I still can’t believe it.” The winning entry was purchased at local business Grafton Mall News, owned and managed by Allan and Joan Worland. It is the second major prize-winning ticket the popular news agency has sold within the past 12 months. In September 2020, Grafton Mall News sold a winning ticket in the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot, worth $100000.

The Worlands said they were very happy to have sold another winning entry and hope the winner enjoys their prize. “It does make you feel good when you sell a winning ticket and it’s a nice amount to have won,” Mr. Worland said.

In their official statement, The Lott revealed the Grafton man plans to use the $200000 for his retirement, which he later declared “really means lots of traveling with my wife.” The couple also celebrated their good fortune by “going out for a really nice dinner.”