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Vicki Cooper and Talia Catlin at Nextra Express Ellenbrook after the stores second win of the year in December.

Big wins in 2017

LOTTERY kiosks in Ellenbrook and Lesmurdie hit the jackpot last year, each selling two division one tickets.

They join eight other 2017 division 1 winning kiosks located between Midland and Northam.

Nextra Express Ellenbrook and Lesmurdie Chemmart Pharmacy and News were twice lucky, selling winning tickets with a combined value of more than $4.1 million.

Marilyn Thompson owns and runs Nextra Express Ellenbrook with her brother and husband and said winning the Lotto was life-changing.

“It’s an amazing feeling because you’re actually changing peoples lives, they can wipe off their mortgage,” she said.

Big wins are nothing new to the family who have sold four division 1 tickets since March 2010.

“It’s exciting to sell one, some businesses never sell one, so to sell two in one year and four in total is just amazing.

“A younger gentleman bought our Christmas Eve 2016 winning ticket and paid for his brother to go to university after his father was made redundant.

“They’re the people you want to win.”

Newburn Newsagency in High Wycombe sold the biggest winning ticket with a prize of $2.625m.

Other winning tickets were sold in Bassendean, Forrestfield, Helena Valley and Northam.

Lotterywest grant winners in the Cities of Swan and Kalamunda and Shire of Mundaring benefited from more than $1.5m worth of grants last year.

Forty-five grants were allocated from $1702 to support the Swan View Show to a $292,200 grant to the Men of Trees (City of Swan) towards information technology to improve the structure and functions of the organisation for long term sustainability.

By Claire Ottaviano

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