Byron Bay lottery winner a mystery
ONE Byron Bay resident or visitor will get an early Christmas present this year.
The first prize of $100,000 in the NSW Lottery’s two-dollar lottery was won by someone in Byron Bay, but as of last night, the winner remained a mystery and the prize remained unclaimed.
The bemused owner of Byron Bay Newsagency, Ron Delardes, is used to making customers’ Christmases all come at once with 16 major six-figure wins recorded at the business since the 1980s.
“We get a lot of winners here. I’ve made a lot of people happy, but I wish I could make me happy,” he quipped.
“We’ve put a sign up out the front but no one has claimed it yet.
“Mr Delardes refused to be photographed – claiming it might affect the sales oftoday’s paper – but volunteered employees Lisa Pearson and daughter, Nadine, saying they sold most of the lottery tickets.
“We sell heaps of lottery and lotto tickets,” MsDelardes said.
“It’s a considerable part of our work.
“Just last Saturday a local won $25,000 on the Saturday Lotto and he was pretty happy about it.
“He didn’t want any publicity but he was pretty happy about it on Facebook.”
The top prize payout is still a $746,318 win in 1980 which, to put it in perspective, would have bought any Byron Bay property on the market at the time.