Lottery winner will use $100,000 to pay down mortgage
SOMEWHERE in Grafton a lucky Lottery winner has just knocked $100,000 off his family's mortgage after winning first prize in the $2 Jackpot Lottery draw.
While the winning ticket holder of draw 10008 wants to remain anonymous, the owner of the Nextra Newsagency in Grafton Shoppingworld, Rose Driver, is shouting out the good news.
"The ticket was drawn on Thursday to a registered player who is a regular customer of ours," she said.
"Even though he has to register his claim for the prize with NSW Lotteries, he came in personally to thank us."
She said the Jackpot did not go off and it has now topped $7 million.
Ms Driver has owned the newsagency for about a year and this is the second major prize to have gone off there.
"We had a $16,000 prize in Oz Lotto here earlier in the year," she said.
"I think it's great the prize went to a local man, who's a regular customer.
"It means the money stays here in Grafton and it's good he is going to do something positive with it."
Ms Driver said the man said he would use it to pay down his mortgage rather than fritter it away.
"Most of the people we talk to say they would use winnings to pay down their mortgage or set up the kids," she said.
She said people buying lottery tickets, the different forms of lottos and scratchies made up about 60% of their customers.
"We would have between 600 and 700 customers a day so that's about 4000 lotto, scratchies and lottery tickets a week," she said.
"Because we sell so many tickets that improves our odds of selling a winning ticket."
Ms Driver said selling a winning ticket also boosts sales because people view her shop as lucky.
"We've already noticed an increase in ticket sales since we put the sign out the front of the shop saying we had sold a winning ticket," she said.