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SW leads State in lotto wins
Mark Dennis

The South West is the State’s luckiest regional Lotto hot spot for the third year running, with five division one tickets worth close to $10 million sold in the region during 2012.

Two of the year’s big winning tickets were sold at Crosslands Newsagency in Bunbury.

These included an $851,790 Saturday ticket sold in March to a Bunbury couple and a $4 million ticket sold in October which was claimed by a 29 member syndicate.

Crosslands Newsagency owner Mark Dennis said it was the first time in his 23 years of lottery retailing he had sold two Division 1 winning tickets in a year.

“I don’t know what it is, I can’t put my finger on it, but we have had a tremendous amount of success,’’ Mr Dennis said.

“It’s been a strong year, I’ve seen more money go out of here in prizes than ever before.

“I think country people understand the benefits of playing Lotto – they understand if they’re not a winner directly they’re a winner indirectly because money goes back into the community.’’

Other Division 1 wins included a $679,047 ticket sold at Eaton Fair Lottery Centre & News and a $825,551 ticket sold at Collie Newsagency.

A $3.3 million Saturday Lotto ticket was also sold at Busselton’s Broadwater News in May.

Lotterywest spokeswoman Pina Compagnone said there was still a chance to get on the winners list this year.

A $30 million Megadraw will be held on Saturday.

“We hope the Megadraw delivers more regional winners – it will certainly make an exciting start to the New Year,’’ Ms Compagnone said.