Store marks Lotto milestone

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by Alexia Johnston

A Timaru Lotto store has reached a milestone.

Action Sports NZ was last week named one of the few stores to have been selling Lotto tickets since the lottery’s launch 30 years ago.

As part of Lotto’s 30th anniversary, officials visited Action Sports NZ last week to recognise the milestone, complete with morning tea.

The store, which was labelled a “pioneer” retailer by Lotto representatives, has had nine major winners, meaning those lucky customers had secured a first-division win, store owner-operator Ferg Hazlett said.

“Some are over the moon, some are a bit blase.”

He said in some cases, the store’s lucky punters took their winning ticket to the store to be scanned, while others were more inclined to take them to Lotto’s head office in Auckland “strapped to their chest”, he said.

Lotto NZ tickets first went on sale on July 22, 1987, territory representative Janice Maher said.

“And, the first draw was on the 1st of August. Four people won – they got $89,952 each. Now we’ve got millions,” she said.

“In that time, think about how many tickets [Action Sports] have sold and given back to the community.”

While it was now rare to have a Lotto outlet in a sports store, that was not always the case, Mrs Maher said.

“We used to have a few of them.”

Action Sports NZ was now the country’s last remaining sports store to sell Lotto, she said.