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Miner bags Lotto million

Friday, 31st May, 2019

South Newsagency owner Christos Niarros whose store sold the winning division one ticket in Wednesday night’s Lotto. PICTURE: Callum Marshall South Newsagency owner Christos Niarros whose store sold the winning division one ticket in Wednesday night’s Lotto. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

A Broken Hill miner who bought a Lotto ticket from the South Newsagency has walked away a millionaire after discovering he had a winning division one ticket for Wednesday night’s draw.

The man, who wished to remain anonymous, held one of three division one winning entries nationally and will now collect the division one prize of $1m.

He said he was checking his tickets after a night shift when a NSW Lotteries official contacted him yesterday morning to break the news.

“You beauty! My wife is chucking a fit over here,” he laughed.

“I was just sitting down to check my tickets actually!

“On my way home from work I went in to the store to put on a ticket for tonight and when I scanned my player’s card they told me I’d won a prize over $1,000.

“I thought I’d better get home and check my tickets but I’d only just got home after night shift.

“I work in the mines here in Broken Hill and I’ve been working there for about 43 years. I reckon I’ll be giving up work now!”

The regular player also revealed he had been playing the same marked numbers for about 40 years.

“They are birthdays and other special dates.

“The most they have ever won me is $1,900 so this is a bit better than that!”

When asked how it felt to know he was a millionaire, he confessed he felt like he was dreaming.

“It’s great! I don’t know what to say. I think I’m still half asleep and dreaming all of this.

“I won’t be doing much to celebrate because I’ve just started night shift again. I think I’ll just try to go to sleep. Bet I won’t be able to sleep now.”

South Newsagency owner Christos Niarros said he was thrilled his shop had helped to change one of his customers’ lives.

“How cool is that?” Mr Niarros said.

“We’ve been here for about 17 years and the last major prize we sold was 15 years ago. It’s nice to get the monkey off our back and break the drought.

“It’s fantastic to hear a local has won, and a regular customer too.

“Besides winning the lottery yourself, there is no better feeling than knowing you’ve helped changed someone’s life for the better.

“We wish him all the best with his prize.”

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