Coffs Harbour newsagents Darryl and Joan Kent are hoping to sell the next big winning lottery ticket.
Coffs Harbour newsagents Darryl and Joan Kent are hoping to sell the next big winning lottery ticket. Trevor Veale

We're fourth luckiest in lotto

COFFS Harbour is the fourth luckiest regional centre in NSW when it comes to lottery draws, with a million dollars in winning tickets sold locally this year.

Dubbo is the hottest regional spot in the state, with five division one prizes claimed in 2010, totalling $5,184,984.80.

In Coffs, two division one prizes have been won to date, amounting to $1,070,333.65.

The statewide tallies take into account Monday, Wednesday and Saturday night Lotto draws, as well as Powerball, OZ Lotto and 6 From 38 Pools.

Across NSW since January 1, there have been 183 division one prizes won, worth nearly $243 million.

Local newsagent Darryl Kent, who owns Polack’s City Centre Newsagency, says anticipation is building for two major December draws.

“Tickets are selling well in tonight’s $15 million Oz Lotto draw, then there’s the $31 million New Year Lotto Megadraw on December 31- the biggest lotto draw for the year,” Mr Kent said.

In case you happen to be in Sydney, Hurstville is the state’s luckiest suburb, with $11,127,777.80 won this year.

But ask NSW Lotteries chief executive Bill Thorburn and he’ll tell you the places that haven’t had a big win could have the odds stacked in their favour.

“People often ask where the most winning tickets have been sold and make it a point to visit the area to buy a ticket in the hope of being the next big winner, but the truth is that every single game played has a chance of winning regardless of where the ticket is purchased,” Mr Thorburn said.



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