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Local hits the jackpot

Friday, 18th January, 2008

One lucky local is now a millionaire.

The retiree, who wants to remain anonymous, shared the First Division prize of $2 million in Wednesday night's Jackpot Lotto draw with a player from Western Australia.

The registered player bought the winning ticket from Silver City Newsworld in Oxide Street and was informed of the win by NSW Lotteries officials yesterday morning.

Newsworld's owner Phil Day said he was tickled pink when he found out he had sold a million dollar ticket.

"I'm just ecstatic. Knowing I have sold a ticket that has made someone in Broken Hill a millionaire is the best part of my job.

"It's nice to see it come to town."

Mr Day said the latest win followed a long line of luck that he has had the pleasure of witnessing during his 14 years at the shop.

The biggest winning ticket he sold was in 1998, when a local Lotto player picked up $2.5 million.

"We've been quite lucky," said Mr Day, who is confident the store will sell more winning tickets. 

"Yes, of course we will," he said.

Mr Day said that because of the winning player's wish to remain anonymous, their gender and age was a secret.

"It's generated a lot of excitement amongst the customers.

"They all want to know who it is."

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