Lotto luck at South Grafton
SOUTH GRAFTON is the third luckiest Lotto suburb for 2009 after local residents won prizes worth $2.5 million – the third highest figure recorded in first division regional NSW Lotto wins this year.
While there are still another seven Lotto draws left in 2009, South Grafton appears to be ahead of Raymond Terrace but behind Wagga Wagga.
Nelson Bay replaces last year’s luckiest regional suburb, Dubbo (with $2.3 million in 2008) at the number one position, claiming $6 million.
Residents of NSW can find out how lucky their suburb is by logging onto the 2009 Lotto Luck Map at http://lottoluckmap.nswlotteries.com.au and typing in a postcode or suburb.
Anyone wanting to put their suburb or town on the map can kick off the year with an entry in Lotto’s $30 million Superdraw on Saturday, January 2.
Different experts have various explanations for why some suburbs and individuals hit the Lotto jackpot and others don’t.
Professor John Croucher, of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, said Lotto was based on probabilities but that you need to be ‘in it to win it’, since without a ticket you clearly have no chance at all.
“Lotto is purely a game of chance and it is quite possible to win with just a minimum entry. The only real way of increasing the likelihood of success is to buy more tickets and this is exactly what people do when a big jackpot such as $30 million is on offer. However, there is also a random element we call ‘luck’ that is impossible even for experts to predict,” Professor Croucher said.
At the other end of the scale, psychic Caterina Ligato believes she can predict the next big winners.
“Some people are destined to come into good fortune,” Caterina said. “However, winning the lottery is also about believing and feeling. If you feel good about your life you have a better chance of attracting what you want in your life.”