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Manx shop’s winning lottery streak

COULD BE YOU: Mark Garbett, manager of Spar Governors Hill where two high-value lottery tickets have been bought in the past few months. PHOTO: John Maddrell JM121208 (49).

COULD BE YOU: Mark Garbett, manager of Spar Governors Hill where two high-value lottery tickets have been bought in the past few months. PHOTO: John Maddrell JM121208 (49).

 

GOVERNOR’S Hill Spar could well see a rush of business after two of its customers left the premises considerably wealthier than when they went in.

It seems owner Ernie Russell is the man with the Midas touch when it comes to selling lottery tickets after a customer scooped £50,000 on a scratch card last April.

But this proved simply to be a warm up for the spectcular tour de force which saw a Pulrose plasterer net £1m, shared with a friend, on a ticket bought at the shop last month.

‘The only problem is people think I get a share of it,’ said Mr Russell.

‘But sadly that’s not true! I think people think I’ve got about £100,000 spirited away as a result. I do the lottery with my sister and brother-in-law and now my staff have started too so I have to go in with them – otherwise they might all win and walk out leaving me alone here. I’m not sure if this has brought more people in, but you do notice more if it’s a roll-over week.’

 

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