Excuse me sir, you?ve just won $3 million
By ADAM HICKS
AN anonymous man yesterday walked into the Ballina Fair newsagency oblivious to the fortune awaiting him.
Without glasses he was was unable to read his Powerball ticket.
Manager, Tammy Young, had to tell him he had become a millionaire ? three times over.
"He had no idea that he'd won, he was just coming in to check his ticket," Ms Young said.
"I put it in the machine, which swallowed it, and it spat out another ticket.
"It always does that with big wins. I looked at it and had to double check because their were so many commas.
"He couldn't read it, and I didn't want to yell it out, so I took him down the back of the shop to tell him what he'd won."
The registered Northern Rivers player bought the Powerball 45 ticket with his regular numbers on Wednesday.
Defying the one in 54 million odds, the man won half of the $5 million first division prize and won the $15,000 second division prize, 44 times. His total prize, $3.1 million.
"He was so excited he gave me a nice big hug. I think it was to stop himself from falling over more than anything," she said.
"He didn't buy anything else. He walked straight in, and straight out five minutes later, I think he had someone to tell."
It was the biggest winning lotto ticket sold on the Northern Rivers this year and the biggest ever by Ms Young.
"To tell someone they're a millionaire is pretty special," she said.
"It was 8.30am. The shop was empty and mum was vacuuming.
"I was pretty excited too."
And a touch envious.
"We had a ticket in the draw, and we didn't win," she said.
Ms Young said she did not know the man and would respect his wish to remain anonymous, but she would like to know how it changed his life.
"I hope he comes back after it has all settled down and says hello," she said.
The other first division prize is still unclaimed. It was an unregistered entry purchased from the inner-
Sydney suburb of Waterloo.