SHORTER ODDS: Owners of News Xpress in Wollongbar, Dan Wickham and Rita McLennan, with the world’s longest Lotto ticket.
SHORTER ODDS: Owners of News Xpress in Wollongbar, Dan Wickham and Rita McLennan, with the world’s longest Lotto ticket. Cathy Adams

At $2300 this is our longest and most expensive Lotto ticket

NEWSAGENT Daniel Wickham claims to have the longest thing in Wollongbar.

While he might not be breaking records for the longest moustache or the biggest carpet python in his roof, he does sell a 4.62m long Lotto ticket which is apparently the longest Lotto ticket sold in the world.

Mr Wickham owns NewsXpress Wollongbar and said he got the idea for the whopper Lotto ticket from his brother who also owns a newsagent in Queensland.

But like any artist who dabbles in appropriation, he gave his long Lotto ticket his own twist.

"It's the longest Lotto ticket in the world because it's got 500 System 7s," Mr Wickham said.

Gold Lotto System 7, for those who don't know, is an auto-pick game that has one extra number than the standard Lotto auto-pick, or as Mr Wickham explains it, gives the buyer "an extra chance of winning".

"The ticket is 4.62m long and it has 3500 games on it, it gives you better odds and is something a bit different," Mr Wickham said.

The ticket seller insists that the secret to business is being a bit different and that's the reason he started selling the long ticket.

"Being in a small town we like to try different things and think a bit out of the box," Mr Wickham said.

But, before you rush out to buy your ticket, clear the moths out of your wallet - the ticket costs $2,300.

"There are 20 shares per ticket and most people go in with somebody else.

"It's $115 per share."

While the newsagents have already sold all the shares on their first ticket, they are yet to test their theory of it giving punters extra chances to win.

Each person who has bought a share in the ticket will have to wait until the next Megadraw on January 4 to find out whether they've hit the big time.


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