An unknown Golden Bay shopper has won $7.5 million in Lotto's Big Wednesday, and retailers say they hope it's a local.
The ticket was purchased at Takaka Fresh Choice supermarket.
Takaka Fresh Choice manager Mike Reynish said the win was very exciting for Golden Bay.
"With a little town like Takaka, gossip gets around pretty fast, thanks to Facebook and people talking."
He said they weren't sure whether it was a local or someone passing through.
"We've got an automatic ticket checker here, so it could be anyone. Normally they come in and check their tickets when they get their groceries and then they just walk out again."
He said more people had been checking their tickets to see if they were the lucky winners.
"It's good to see it can happen in a little town, next to the big boys.
He said he was hoping the money would be put back into the Golden Bay community so everyone would benefit from it in some way.
"Sometimes you don't want to go public, but in a small town word gets around," he said.
Previous wins at Takaka Fresh Choice had amounted to figures of $20,000, $25,000 and $10,000.
He said they were hoping to catch up with Richmond's Night 'n Day.
That will take some doing as the Queen St store has racked up more than 30 major lotto prizes, including a $20,000 second division ticket in January and a $100,000 strike prize in December.
- The Nelson Mail
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