Big prize on long list

JESSICA SUTTON
Last updated 12:00 07/08/2012
Morgan Melody
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LUCKY STORE: Morgan Melody of Melody's New World at the winning Lotto kiosk. The kiosk sold the winning first-division prize ($500,000) and also a winning second-division ticket ($27,000).

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A lucky Palmerston North Lotto player who is now $500,000 richer is the latest in a string of winners in the city.

The ticket, one of two to split the first-division prize on Saturday, was sold at Melody's New World. The supermarket also sold one of the 10 second-division winning tickets worth $27,915.

It was the store's 17th first-division winning ticket.

Store manager Kelly Melody said the supermarket had handed out almost $25 million in Lotto prizes in the 25 years it had been ope- rating.

"It's always pretty exciting for us too, to see who comes in and has won," she said.

"We're the luckiest in Palmerston North because we've been here forever . . . and we've got a lot of loyal customers because of it and most of them buy their tickets when they're getting their groceries."

She said many of the winning ticket owners would come in early on a Monday when they realised they had won a big prize, to make sure there would not be too many people around.

But this time, no-one had yet claimed the lucky ticket.

The other first-division ticket was sold at Mobil Mt Albert in Auckland.

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- Manawatu Standard

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