Lotto luck pot of gold for Tassie

Written By miftah nugraha on Minggu, 30 Juni 2013 | 19.55

GOOD LUCK: Derwent Park Newsagency assistant Colleen Eyles and co-owner Glenn Commane at one of the luckiest places in Tasmania to buy a lotto ticket. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE

IT was one of the biggest TattsLotto events of the year, and newsagents across the state yesterday reported they were flat out with customers hoping last night's $30 million Mid-Year Megadraw would make them instant millionaires.

And why not? Five Tasmanians have scored Division 1 prizes in TattsLotto so far this year, equating to more than $2.9 million in prizemoney.

According to Tatts, two Tassie suburbs share the Mid-Year Hotspot title -- Claremont and Devonport having both sold entries worth $832,269.66 in winnings this year.

Devonport has had the state's most winners since 2009, having sold four entries worth a total $3,756,819.45. The largest was $1,428,571.43.

In the south, Derwent Park ranks second, also with four winning entries. The largest was $1,363,636.37.

Last year 24 Australians began the new financial year as new millionaires after scoring an amazing $1.25 million each in the Mid-Year Megadraw.

Despite the large number of Tasmanian winners, many are reluctant to be identified. But they have wise words for those who get lucky.

John* was in his early 20s when he won $1.36 million in 2009 after buying a ticket at the Derwent Park Newsagency and says buying a house with his partner was his first priority.

He said the money had made everyday living easier and allowed him to be a stay-at-home dad.

He also bought a classic car but advised winners to lock their lump sum away in a bank for at least a month before spending any of it.

Derwent Park Newsagency struck gold in June last year when the Jones* family won $707,000. They have paid off their house, taken a few holidays and might retire early.

Stephen* described his $1 million win in 2009 as life-changing. From the proceeds of a ticket he bought from the Salamanca Newsagency, he travels every year, has invested in property and uses 10 per cent to spoil himself while living off the interest.

Caroline* won just over $380,000 in 2011 after buying a ticket at the Cove Hill Newsagency at Bridgewater. She invested it and cautions others to be careful who they tell.

Geoff* is still coming to terms with winning almost $970,000 18 months ago on a ticket bought at Winnings News and Lotto in Hobart. He warns others they will be overwhelmed by the options available to them.

* names changed

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