Gavin Yarrow and his wife Sue from Wurtulla Newsagency sold the second First Division prize in 12 months. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Gavin Yarrow and his wife Sue from Wurtulla Newsagency sold the second First Division prize in 12 months. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

Lotto lightning strikes twice at newsagency

A SUNSHINE Coast newsagent has proven lightning does strike twice, selling his second First Division Lotto win in exactly 12 months.

Gavin Yarrow of Wurtulla Newsagency could barely contain his excitement yesterday after being told a customer has scored a $1 million prize in Monday night's Gold Lotto draw. Now he just wants to find out who the winner is.

"I truly hope it's one of my regulars," Mr Yarrow said as a steady stream of customers stopped by to congratulate him.

A lot of them were also hoping his good fortune would rub off on them.

"Last year, we sold a first division winning entry in Saturday Gold Lotto so when I got the good news about this week's result, I decided to quickly look up the date of that draw," he said.

"I couldn't believe it when I realised our first division wins were exactly one year and one day apart.

"It's a great feeling."

But maybe Mr Yarrow shouldn't have been too surprised.

After all, the Wurtulla area was last year rated No.4 in the state for First Division Lotto wins.

That netted customers $3.29 million, with the luckiest punter taking home $1.9 million.

Although this week's winning ticket was bought in the Nicklin Way store by the holder of a Winners Circle Card, Mr Yarrow swears he has no idea who it is.

"I really wish I did because it would be nice to have them come in and give us a smile and a thumbs up," he said.

"Something like this really changes lives, not just for the winner but for their family and friends.

"We would love it to be one of our regulars because we would know that we are making a difference to someone we have known for years.

"I love to think about how something we sold is making so many people happy."

Mr Yarrow has owned the newsagency for 14 years and seen a lot of winners in that time.

He said the reaction of a big winner was hard to describe.

"Last year's First Division winner was able to retire early and I know one guy who's won it three times.

"He didn't buy the tickets here but he occasionally buys a Lotto ticket off me now.

"He comes in and hands over his money with a grin on his face - he doesn't really care if he wins or not.

"It's nice to be able to make people that happy."


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