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New Plymouth's Morrie Collins was over the moon to discover he'd sold a $1 million winning Lotto ticket.
The owner of Westown Lotto sold the top prize in Lotto's Christmas Draws - one of seven winning Taranaki tickets from Saturday night's special draw.
"Oh it's just another one, we do pretty well in the promotions," Collins said.
He had gone to his shop to check the retailer number after seeing the ticket had been sold in New Plymouth.
"Once I saw that I knew we'd sold another bugger."
In the three years Collins has owned the business, which he says is the smallest in New Zealand, he's sold eight first division winning tickets, five second division, five Strike four winners and five promotional winners.
"We are punching well above our weight."
Collins said he had a lot of loyal customers who bought their tickets at the shop because of its lucky record.
"I just really hope that it's one of my locals.
"All of the previous promotion winners have been locals, which is bloody good."
He believed selling the winning ticket was reward for the hard work his staff, Carolyn and Ruth, had put into the promotion and expected a rush of customers to come in to check their tickets this week.
"We hope that the person who has got the ticket will come in here and cash it up," Collins said.
Meanwhile Opunake's Post and Lotto sold a winning second division ticket worth $14,763.00, while another promotional ticket worth $20,000 was sold at Parklands Super Value, Bell Block, and Devon Lotto N Treats, Countdown in Spotswood, New World in Stratford and Loveridge's Lotto in Hawera each sold winning promotional tickets worth $10,000.
- Taranaki Daily News