TICKETS PLEASE: Gabi Jeffery is looking for a windfall with both the Melbourne Cup and Oz Lotto.
TICKETS PLEASE: Gabi Jeffery is looking for a windfall with both the Melbourne Cup and Oz Lotto. Marc Stapelberg

The day the nation stands still - twice

ALL bets are on today, with one of the most anticipated days of the year, the Melbourne Cup coinciding with the Oz Lotto $100 million draw.

While Melbourne Cup fever has spread around the nation, with workplaces and offices coming to stop this afternoon to watch the big race, the gamblers young and old, beginner and advanced, are also out in heat, vying for the record-breaking draw.

NSW Lotteries Spokesperson, Zoe Knobel, said public anticipation of the Lotto draw has been felt around the nation.

"This record-breaking Oz Lotto draw coinciding with what is traditionally a very important event for Australians - Melbourne Cup Day - is a unique set of circumstances, and you can feel the hope and expectation in the air."

Gabi Jeffery of Lismore Heights is just as excited as everyone else about the Melbourne Cup.

However instead of partying hard, she'll be working behind the bar at the Goonellabah Tavern.

"So while everyone's drinking the champagne, I'll be serving it."

However she'll still frock up.

"I'll be getting dressed up, as much as I can behind a bar."

And as for the Oz Lotto draw, would she be buying a ticket?

"Definitely, you can't not do it. I'm not a huge Lotto person, but I could do a lot with $100 million," she said.

"It would be fun to have my horse win and to win the Lotto. It would be a good day."

Bill and Sharon Palmer, owners of NewsXpress Lismore Shopping Square said the queue to buy Lotto tickets has been out the door for days.

"We're probably averaging over 800 people a day for the last week," said Mr Palmer.

Mr Palmer said that these huge jackpots "bring in people who would not normally purchase a ticket."

"When it gets to that size, people who don't normally buy, will buy."

"I hope it's not a single winner," he said.

And with the odds of a single winner 1 in 3,781,635, if you were to buy 12 games, it is a far reach to score $100 million in one day.

It's an even further cry to win the Lotto and have your horse win the Melbourne Cup in the one day.

But, as Mr Palmer said: "Everybody dreams."



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House with No Steps (Summerland House Farm), Alstonville, from 11.30am. Phone 6628 6010.

East Lismore Bowling Club with music from Luke Vasella.

Eltham Hotel for a three-course lunch, champagne, sweeps, fashion parade and music from 1pm.

Federal Hotel at Alstonville: Sweeps, fashion parade and best dressed competitions. Proceeds to the Leukaemia Foundation.

Park Hotel, Suffolk Park: Fashion parade and prizes.

Richmond Hotel, Lismore: Three-course lunch, fashion and trivia. Phone 6621 9098.