Ten-year-old veteran of the Cow Pat Lotto, Mandy the cow, will once again decide the winner of the annual Beef Week event with her droppings.
Ten-year-old veteran of the Cow Pat Lotto, Mandy the cow, will once again decide the winner of the annual Beef Week event with her droppings. Jay Cronan

Fortune at the drop of a cow pat

MANDY and her bodily functions are famous in Casino. Some would even say her pats are lined with gold.

Each year the 10-year-old star gets her few minutes of fame as the Cow Pat Lotto decider.

Whatever number between one to 400 Mandy’s pat lands on this morning will make one lucky punter richer.

Hundreds of people will gather in Walker St, Casino, from 8am for the annual Beef Week event.

One would think eight years of experience of going to the toilet in front of a large crowd would make the experience a little less painful for Mandy – apparently not.

“If it’s not done by 9am the numbers are drawn out of a hat,” Mandy’s proud owner Gordon Serone said.

“Only twice in 16 years has that had to happen, but sometimes Mandy walks around and gets a bit stressed standing in front of a crowd of 500 people.

“Sometimes it’s instantaneous, but sometimes it can take five minutes.”

Mandy knew her time had come on Wednesday when Mr Serone went to find her across the road from his Bentley property and found the celebrity cow lingering at the gate.

“She will get a big feed in the morning,” he said. “She is a very good cow. We have had all the kids at the show come up and squeeze her udder and touch her head and she doesn’t budge.”

Cow Pat Lotto, co-ordinated by the Bentley Pre-School, kicks off at 8am.

There are 400 numbers to choose from, which are drawn in a grid on the road, and the numbers are sold twice.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS

Cow milking – 8.30am at Walker St

Mini train rides – 10am to 4pm near the golf club

Beef Week Cup races – Midday at Casino Racecourse

Foam party – 9pm to 1am at the Casino RSM Club


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