EVERYONE’S SMILING: Goonellabah Newsagency staff (from left) sales assistant Susie Wales, opening manager Tony McLean and accounts manager Jenni Sharpe celebrate their winning streak.
EVERYONE’S SMILING: Goonellabah Newsagency staff (from left) sales assistant Susie Wales, opening manager Tony McLean and accounts manager Jenni Sharpe celebrate their winning streak. Jacklyn Wagner

Luckiest Lotto agency in town

WINNERS are making grinners out of the staff at Goonellabah Newsagency, which is shaping up to be the luckiest supplier of lottery tickets on the North Coast.

'Big money' has been won by three lucky punters who bought tickets and scratch cards from the agency in recent weeks, and the employees say it makes them feel 'proud' their work can bring such rich rewards.

“It makes us very happy to know that we've sold winning tickets to someone and helped change their life,” shop accounts manager Jenni Sharpe said.

The most recent collect was $10,000 for second prize in the $2 Jackpot Lottery 9338 drawn on Tuesday. And a windfall of $75,000 was the reward for one shopper who bought a scratchy at the agency last week.

But that pales in comparison with the $820,672.58 won in the Saturday Lotto drawn on August 15.

That was one of three shares of the $4 million first division prize pool that came to NSW. The state's other winners were sold in Port Macquarie and Fairfield, Sydney.

“It was pretty exciting for us, as it was the first Saturday Lotto first division win we had sold since we took over the shop,” Goonellabah Newsagency owner Peter Witten said

“The winner took some time to claim the prize, and it prompted lots of customers to come in to check their tickets,” Mr Witten added.

The staff said they had to remain discreet when they hear the good news, but admit it is difficult for them to keep the smiles off their faces.

“We can't say whether the winners are locals,” Ms Sharpe said,.

“But we are getting a reputation as the lucky agency with people in the area.”

That kind of popularity is bound to make anyone smile, and the staff believe their positive attitude may have something to do with the agency's winning streak.



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