$1 million Lotto ticket left in car for two weeks

08 June 2016

An Auckland couple have proven that they really are one in a million after winning $1 million with Lotto First Division – and leaving the winning ticket in their car for the next two weeks.

The winners, who wish to remain anonymous, knew that their little yellow ticket was worth a life-changing amount almost straight away but were in no hurry to claim their winnings.

“I was driving to work the morning after the draw when I heard on the radio a First Division winning ticket had been sold at my regular store. I crossed my fingers and hoped that it was me – I spent the rest of the drive thinking about all the things we’d be able to do,” said one of the winners.

After a busy day at work, the winner stopped by the Lotto shop to find out whether he had the winning Lotto ticket.

“I scanned it with the self-checker and ‘First Division winner’ flashed up on the screen. I couldn’t believe it, I really thought I was seeing things.”

Not wanting his wife to miss out on the special moment, the winner raced home and grabbed her before returning to the Lotto shop.

“I really didn’t think it could be true,” explained his wife. “Then he put the winning ticket under the machine and ‘First Division winner’ popped up. It was really bizarre, my eyes told me we’d won, but my brain just couldn’t make sense of it.”

But instead of claiming their prize straight away, the winners decided to do something a little different – hold onto it until they’d had a chance to really think about what they wanted to do with their winnings.

“We just tucked the ticket in the door of the car and got on with things,” laughed the winner.

It wasn’t until after the long weekend that the winners decided they really ought to part with their winning ticket, so headed in to Lotto NZ’s Auckland head office to claim their prize.

“The winning ticket drove with me everywhere for the next two weeks – it didn’t really click until now that I was effectively driving around with $1 million on the front seat,” said the winner.

With the winnings now safely in their bank account, the winners are looking forward making the most of their newfound fortune.

“The first thing we’re going to do is pay off our mortgage, then we want to help our kids buy their first home. Other than that we don’t really know what we’re going to do – all we know is that life is going to be a lot easier now.”

The winners are one of 17 Kiwis who have become instant millionaires thanks to Lotto so far this year.

The winning ticket was sold at Hobsonville Four Square in Auckland for the Wednesday 25 May Lotto draw.

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