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$1m Lotto winner amid $70m fever
$1m Lotto winner amid $70m fever

Lotto fever is growing ahead of tonight's $70 million jackpot, one player won't have to bother - they've just won $1m in last night's draw.

The million dollar ticket was sold at Myaree Newsextra Newsagency.

Store owner Wayne Martinovich said the win was a sign of good things to come tonight.

"We're hot and Lotto luck is here to stay. We've sold two big winners within a year before so we can certainly do it again," Mr Martinovich said.

In 2010, Myaree Newsextra Newsagency sold a $1.8 million ticket in February and a $1 million ticket five months later.

Mr Martinovich said he was expecting a big rush of customers today as excitement and anticipation was building around tonight's $70 million Powerball jackpot.

The jackpot is the highest Lotto offer in Australia this year and the second highest in Powerball's 18 year history.

Lotterywest spokesperson Pina Compagnone said the jackpot is set to capture the imagination of Lotto players across the nation with five million tickets expected to be sold across Australia in the draw.

"One in two adult West Australians are expected to pick up a ticket in tonight's jackpot and during our busiest hour Lotterywest terminals will be churning out over 1,000 tickets per minute," she said.

So far this year, 56 West Australians have struck Division 1 Lotto luck sharing in almost $82 million worth of prize money. This has included a $15 million prize won in April, and a $10 million and $7.5 million prize won last month.

The West Australian

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