Oamaru Lotto ticket buyers have struck gold over the last week, with $800,000 having been won, although the winners have not yet come forward.
Following a $600,000 win at the Oamaru Paper Plus the week before, a first division prize of $200,000 was won at the weekend from Lotto ‘n’ Things on Thames St.
It is a rarity for the town to have back-to-back wins of such a large amount in successive weeks.
The $600,000 ticket was won through strike four with an Auckland resident, so the prize was split, while the $200,000 was a $1 million first division prize split between five people.
Lotto ‘n’ Things owner Jan Denny, who owns the business with her husband Paul, said it was fantastic to have a winning ticket purchased from the store.
“It’s great to see actually. We are all eagerly awaiting the winner’s arrival to congratulate them,” she said.
Before last weekend, the shop had had seven first division and two strike wins.
Mr and Mrs Denny, who have owned Lotto ‘n’ Things for three years, said it was the largest amount collected during their time at the store.
“In our three years here, it’s definitely the biggest win we’ve had.”
They were also excited that Oamaru had a winner the week before as well.
Meanwhile, Oamaru Paper Plus owner Dick Cottier said the $600,000 ticket purchased from his store still had not been claimed.
“I’d imagine that the ticket was bought for someone as a Father’s Day present and they haven’t checked it yet or it’s gone to someone outside of the town.”
Oamaru Paper Plus has also featured in extensive winnings through Lotto over the years, with the $600,000 ticket being their 12th.
“It’s good to see the town picking some winnings,” he said.
Ticket winners have 12 months from when the numbers are published to collect their prize.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY
PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY
UNCLAIMED: Jan Denny, of Lotto ‘n’ Things, where the latest big Lotto prize has been won in Oamaru.