Taking a chance: A cross-section of punters queue for a chance to win the $10 million Lotto.

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By Michelle Loubon

Tonight’s Lotto Plus jackpot is a whopping $10 million.

Lotto fever was spreading yesterday in the capital city, with punters placing their bets all day long, as well as on the popular Play Whe.

At a fast food restaurant on Frede­rick Street, Lotto agent Carmelita Mahon said: “Sales are very good. People are coming in buying all day.” 

Planting a wet kiss on his Lotto receipt, Petit Valley’s Marlon David said: “I grew up on a farm on Wallerfield. I will be buying a farm.”

Sounding a tad like the beloved character Old MacDonald from the nursery rhyme, David added: “On that farm, it will have cows, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens.” He, however, didn’t make the accompanying animal sounds. He did not forget to give God thanks in anticipation of striking gold, though. “God is good,” he said.

On the flip side, at a Henry Street kiosk, Lotto agent Melissa Hamit said: “Sales are normal. I don’t think people are that impressed with $10 million. I feel sales will pick up tomorrow.”

Maybe it was prompted by the season which stressed peace on earth and goodwill to all men, but several people said if they came into the $10 million bonanza, they would be giving a huge chunk to charity. 

A man who wished to be identified only as Samuel said: “Ten million dollars is not much money. I am a big spender. I will invest in a business like a restaurant and bar. So I will have something to fall back on. I will spend some on poor people. We have to help each other. And give a little charity. ’Tis the season.” 

Toy vendor David Narine said: “I feel I will be the winner. When I get that sum, I will put it to rest. I won’t just run out and start to do things. You could end up without anything. I am not playing Santa Claus.”

His friend chimed in, “I will buy a piece of land in Tobago and build a big house.”

Both men said they hadn’t yet purchased their tickets, but would be heading to the Lotto houses a little later. Balancing a cocoa basket sprouting lettuce, Frankie Brown said: “I will run off with the first woman who comes my way.”

Opposite Express House in Port of Spain, a group of men who always places Play Whe bets, said they would definitely be cashing in on the $10 million. 

Pausing from a game of all fours, Hareshand Ramnerain, of Clifton Street, Port of Spain, said: “I will give away my $10 million to charity. I will only buy a little bay rum. It is $3 a bottle.” 

Hollis Cunningham, a father of nine daughters, said: “I will be heading to greener pastures. I don’t mean London or New York. I plan to be better off than I am now. I will fix up my nine daughters. And myself. I will give some to charity.”

Pelting a little picong in the direction of his friend, Ian McConney, he said: “His wife like me. So she will get a little something.”

McConney retorted: “He could give everything... the whole $10 million. She will not give you anything.” More seriously, McConney said: “I am buying a restaurant and bar.”

Turning to McConney, Ramnerain said: “A horn is a horn. Take your horn like a man. And be strong.” Another gentleman injected a healthy dose of reality. He said: “The way you all carrying on, like you all win already.” 

Betting continues up till about 8.30 p.m. today.

 

2013

LOTTO LUCK

 

January: The lucky winner of the

$6,729, 930.95 jackpot bought the ticket with the winning numbers 4, 26, 30, 31, 34 and

Powerball number 2 at Battoo Enterprise Ltd, Glf City Mall, La Romaine, on January 29.

 

May: The winner of the $20.4 million Lotto jackpot said he chose his own numbers and spent a total of $25 in bets, amounting to five chances in the largest ever Lotto jackpot. The winning ticket—3, 15, 19, 25, 32 and Powerball, 9—was bought at a parlour off the M2 Ring Road in Ste Madeleine.

 

October: The near-$3 million was won by one Lotto Plus player. The winning numbers were 3, 8, 9, 29, 30 and Powerball number 8. The winning ticket was purchased at D&K Investment Ltd, Price Plaza, Chaguanas. The player won $2,766,715.65.

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