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Winner collects Lotto loot

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BARBADOS HAS a new supermillionaire.
Ralph Haynes bought the winning ticket for Super Lotto Game No. 376 at Carlton Supermarket this month.
When it comes to plans for his $7 320 000, Haynes – who had played the lottery for more than 15 years without success – said he intended to “enjoy it”.
He revealed this plan to the media yesterday as he collected his cheque from GTECH Global Services Corporation Limited headquarters in Independence Square during a formal announcement of his win.
Using quite few words to express his happiness, Haynes said he was “quite sure” that his sizeable family looked forward to his sharing his millions with them.
“I always play Lotto. No matter where I am at, I play Lotto. This one was quick pick,” he said.
As for his immediate response to the news of his winning the lottery, Haynes explained: “I was unsure so I turned off the computer, stepped outside, smoked a cigarette, came back to the computer and I saw it.”
Super Lotto is a multi-jurisdictional game and, as a result, representatives from other Caribbean countries were at the ceremony.
Among them was Oscar Lenck, site manager from the Dominican Republic. He congratulated Haynes and wished him well in his future endeavours.
“We know that it is going to make your life easy and part of the money that you are having is coming from the Dominican Republic. I am so happy that we have a winner in Barbados. Thank you for playing Super Lotto,” said Lenck.
Meanwhile, GTECH’s lead brand manager Lisa Jackman-Corbin said the retailer that sold the prize ticket would receive a bonus.
“Some of them share with the cashiers, some of them do improvements,” said the brand manager. (AH)
SUPER LOTTO WINNER Ralph Haynes (third from left) showing off his cheque. With him are: Super Lotto’s financial administrator in Jamaica Sasha Johnston-Dixon (left), draw director Elvin Diaz (second from left), regional marketing manager Patrick Clunis (behind winner), Dominican Republic site manager Oscar Lenck (fifth from left), Barbados site manager Denny Brewster (holding cheque), inspector of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission in Jamaica Earle Browne (second from right) and representative from Supreme Ventures Marketing in Jamaica, Sonia Davidson. (Picture by Sandy Pitt.)

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