$13.3 million Hamilton winners claim prize

12 July 2016

A Hamilton family are the second multimillionaires to claim their prize this week after winning $13.3 million with Powerball’s $40 million Must Be Won draw on Saturday.

“The overwhelming feeling is disbelief. I kept saying I don’t think I’ll believe it until I see it in our bank,” said the winner.

“We bought the ticket online on Saturday afternoon and were actually joking with friends over dinner that we were going to win Lotto that night.

“We tried to check our ticket before going to bed but the website was overloaded. We’d watched the news that night about the likelihood of winning and I said ‘well, we’ve got more chance of getting struck by lightning twice than of winning Powerball anyway,” said the winner.

“Then we thought if we go to bed without checking our ticket, at least we’ve got one more night of imagining that it might be us that won,” laughed the winner’s husband.

It wasn’t until the winners logged into their MyLotto account early on Sunday morning that they started to suspect they might actually have won.

“We logged into MyLotto and a screen flashed up saying ‘Congratulations, you have won $13.3 million’. But we just couldn’t believe it! We were thinking maybe it was a promotion or something.

“So we phoned up my sister and she said ‘you better have a good reason for waking me up this early’, which I think we did!

“She came around and we logged into her account and she didn’t have any winning message, which is when it all started to click into place – yes, we really have just won a life-changing amount of money.

“So we all had bacon, eggs and champagne for breakfast to celebrate. After breakfast we just got straight back into normal life – mowing the lawns and tidying the house. We didn’t feel like millionaires,” said the winner.

While the win still feels “ridiculous”, the winners are slowly coming around to the realisation that this is real.

“There are just so many figures in our bank account now. I keep logging online to look at it – we keep pinching ourselves.

“Things that you never thought would be possible, we can now actually do. I keep waking up in the night and just giggling to myself thinking about it.

“This win will set us up for life and there is plenty to share around as well.”

The winning ticket was purchased online at MyLotto.co.nz. The winners wish to remain anonymous.


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