The store which sold the two million dollar lottery ticket said the win is a “good pick-me-up for Katherine”.
And despite having no idea who the winner is, Katherine Exposure Photographics owners are very excited to be be delivering life changing news to a local, hopefully in the next few weeks.
“It’s nice to see we have a winning entry in Katherine when most division one prizes usually go interstate,” owner of Katherine Exposure Photographics, Kathy Smale, said.
“Katherine has been in the doldrums lately with all the issues,” she said.
The $2,013,144.80 jackpot win is sure to alter the lucky winner’s life dramatically.
The possibilities for spending that win are endless.
The Katherine Times headed out today to see what locals and visitors would do if they were in fact the lucky lotto ticket holder.
John and Sue, visiting Katherine from the Blue Mountains, said they would be ecstatic if they won $2 million and change.
I would buy a block with my partner and build a house. I'd buy a brand new car... a Jaguar, and the rest would go to my daughter Faith. I want her to live happily knowing she has money.- Amanda Arnold, Katherine
However, the couple said the mystery winner was not going to be them, as they had not bought a ticket recently.
John and Sue would put most of their winnings towards their five children and charities which help disadvantaged children.
More specifically, the couple said they would put a large sum towards the Compassion Australia organisation in which they sponsor an African child called George.
Damon, a police officer working just south of Katherine, said he would promptly move to a colder location, like Canberra.
On his way to check if his ticket was a winner – unfortunately, he was not – he said he was “not a fancy person”.
“I would make sure my kids have enough money to get a good education,” he said.
This is the second big winning entry to come from Katherine Exposure Photographics in just 12 months, which is both good and bad for business according to Tattslotto spokesman Matt Hart.
“Players can be superstitious and multiple wins can go two ways for a business. They either think a big win has landed and is now likely to happen again or that lightning doesn’t strike twice,” Mr Hart said.
Mrs Smale saw significant increases of ticket sales after the last big win and is expecting the the same this time around.
Bank it and be responsible for once.- Liam, 18, Katherine
“We had Darwin residents travelling all the way down here just to buy a ticket after they heard we had a winner,” she said.
When there is a big jackpot on, Katherine Exposure Photographics will see up to 300 hopeful customers trying their luck each day with a ticket, Mrs Smale said.
Two million is a lot. I would take my whole family to Scotland, to see the rest of the family.- Jim, Katherine
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