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Forum Newsagency's Buddha may have a raw belly but a WA Wednesday Lotto player is $1 million richer!

1 October 2015

A local player has won a $1 million Division 1 prize from their Wednesday Lotto ticket purchased at Forum Newsagency in Floreat and the odds are their ticket has touched the store Buddha's belly.

When the Buddha's belly is rubbed raw it seems to bring customers of Forum Newsagency Lotto luck.

Carmel Edmonds who owns the store said the Buddha's belly has been repainted countless times due to customer's enthusiasm in trying their luck by rubbing tickets on its belly.

"The big Buddha has been on our counter for almost 15 years and as soon as we put him up all those years ago we sold our first Division 1 winner,"

"It seems every time the Buddha's belly needs repainting we sell another big winner which has been yearly. But we've never sold a Wednesday Lotto winner before! We're all very excited," said Carmel.

With WA's last Division 1 winner being sold a $6 million Powerball ticket in Subiaco it appears luck was on its way to Floreat.

"I had been telling customers that Crossways News and Lotteries was close to us so a Division 1 winner would reach us very soon and look what happened last night!" said Carmel.

WA's Division 1 winners tally has now reached 80 for the year with these players sharing in almost $196 million in prizes.

The entire WA community is able to see the benefit of playing Lotterywest Games with the funds raised supporting local charities and not-for-profit organisations making a difference.

Organisations to receive these benefits include Post Polio Network of WA located in Floreat who received a $17,425 Lotterywest Grant in February. These funds were used towards information technology and furniture to increase the effectiveness of services delivered to people suffering from Polio.

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