Punter hits $650,000 jackpot

EMERALD is abuzz after a lucky punter won more than $650,000 in Division 1 Gold Lotto on Saturday night.

The winner, who has requested anonymity, was one of five Division 1 winners, which included four Queenslanders, to each pocket $656,999.14.

Peter Murphy, whose newsagency Emerald Village News sold the winning ticket, said it was the biggest win in his three years operating the business with wife Sally and their seven staff.

"We've sold a $44,000 Division 2 Powerball winner and a $10,000 scratchie winner but this is the biggest by far,'' he said yesterday, just hours after learning of the Lotto win.

"We're ecstatic. It's not every day you sell a first division lotto winner.''

Mr Murphy said while he may never know who the winner was, he hoped it was one of his many regulars who needed the money.

"It could have been anyone because we had the big raceday here on Saturday.

"It would be good to see the money stay locally because so many times it goes to people down south doesn't it?''

Mr Murphy said the town was abuzz but rumours had not yet surfaced on the winner's identity.

"It's a small town so no doubt they'll start up soon.'' A spokeswoman for Golden Casket said the winner had been notified but requested anonymity. "They were very excited,'' she said.

Mr Murphy said he now expected a rush on tickets ahead of Thursday's $9 million Powerball Jackpot draw.

"It would be nice to think we've got the lucky touch,'' he said.

You have until 7.30pm on Thursday to buy a Powerball entry from Emerald Village News.



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