Goonellabah Newsagency owners Peter and Janelle Witten are thrilled for their mystery Lotto winner.
Goonellabah Newsagency owners Peter and Janelle Witten are thrilled for their mystery Lotto winner. Jacklyn Wagner

Mystery Lotto winner $820,000 richer

GOONELLABAH newsagents Peter and Janelle Witten are ecstatic for one of their customers - the only problem is they don't know who.

Sometime last week Peter, Janelle, or one of their staff, sold a division one-winning ticket in Saturday's Lotto - now worth more than $820,000.

“NSW Lotteries rang at 9.30 this morning to congratulate us on selling the winning ticket, but we haven't had the pleasure of passing on that news to the winner yet,” he said. “The customer wasn't registered so we don't know who it was. We don't even know what day or time we sold it.”

There was a buzz in the newsagency yesterday as staff quizzed customers to check their tickets.

“This is our first winning Lotto ticket since we took over the business four years ago. We sold a first prize instant scratchie ticket worth $75,000 just before Christmas,” Mr Witten said.

Newsagency staff member Helen Lees said Goonellabah Newsagency customers could now be on a lucky roll.

“Good things always come in threes,” she said.

“Customers should get in and get their Lottery tickets now, because we're due for another winner really soon. I hope this winner is one of our regulars. We've got some of the best customers here - really nice people.

“We've been promised all sorts of things from customers hoping to get the winning ticket - cruises, holidays, you name it, but we usually say 'just buy us a drink - in Paris'.”

Una O'Neill, from NSW Lotteries, said there was no time limit on claiming prizes - although that will change after 2016.

“We strongly recommend people join the NSW Lottery Players Club. This will protect their prize, even if they lose their ticket,” she said.

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