Wheatbelt couple strike it rich with big Lotto win


NewsXpress Ocean Keys staff member Keanu Combrinck at the store.  Picture: Martin Kennealey         d459927
NewsXpress Ocean Keys staff member Keanu Combrinck at the store. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d459927

WA’s latest Lotto millionaires are a Wheatbelt couple whose winning ticket was bought in Clarkson while on a caravan trip and remained unchecked in a wallet for six weeks.

When they remembered their ticket, they took it to a newsagent who told them not to scream because they were “going to die” when they saw how much they had won.

The woman thought it was only a $1.33 prize instead of the $1.3 million.

“I’d actually thought I lost my wallet a couple of times before I checked the ticket because I kept leaving it around,” the man said. “Luckily it kept coming back to me.”

The couple, who bought the ticket from NewsXpress Ocean Keys, said their first reaction to the news was to have a big hug.

“It was one hell of a shock, especially since we had to get back to work after finding out,” one of them said.

“It’s hard to fathom that we’re now millionaires.”

NewsXpress Ocean Keys owner Glenn Major congratulated the couple and said he was glad they found the wallet and claimed their prize. “It would be a shame if it wasn’t collected,” he said.

The regular Lotto players said they could not believe their luck at buying a 50-game slikpik.

They plan to help their children financially, pay off debts and take more caravan trips.