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Western Australian wins $1m on lotto - but doesn't know it yet

One lucky Western Australia is a million dollars richer - but doesn’t even know it yet.

An unknown Lotto player who bought their Division One ticket in Northampton, 460km north of Perth, won the jackpot in Wednesday night’s draw.

It's now the third time in three years the Northampton Newsagency, in the heart of the remote farming town, has sold a winning ticket.

The largely farming community has a population of just under 3,500, so having a new millionaire is a major news, the owner of the newsagency said.

An unknown Lotto player who bought their Division One ticket in regional Western Australia is a million dollars richer - but doesn’t even know it yet

Amanda Fraser said locals are ‘pretty excited’ about the mystery winner, especially with all the negative news surrounding the coronavirus.

‘Farming life hasn’t stopped here so everyone is just going about their days as usual, and being a small town it’s been a nice distraction,’ she told 7News.

‘The last time we had a million-dollar winner was 2017 and the winner was one of our regulars.

‘He was waiting out front at 7am as he couldn’t wait to tell us. But this time, we have no idea who the winner is.'

It's now the third time in three years the Northampton Newsagency in Western Australia has sold a winning ticket

In 2018, Ms Fraser also sold a $50,000 Scratch’n’Win ticket to another lucky punter.

Lotterywest spokesperson Hermione Coleman said 2020 has been very fortunate for West Australians.

So far there have been 31 Division One winners.

All the profits from the Lotterywest draw will go to the state’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.

The initiative was set up to support those in the community impacted by coronavirus.

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