$500,000 Lotto win for Paihia woman

02 September 2016

A Paihia woman had a sleepless night on Wednesday after she found out that she had won $500,000 with Lotto First Division.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought her ticket from Paihia Four Square and found out that she had won big after checking the results online.

“I missed the Lotto draw on TV so I popped online later to check the results. When I saw that I had the winning numbers I couldn’t believe it. My initial thought was ‘rubbish, this can’t be’ – well maybe that isn’t exactly right, there might have been a few more expletives than that!” laughed the winner.

“I think I checked my ticket about 49 times, I was so excited.”

With the knowledge that she was a First Division winner, the woman’s attempts to sleep were futile.

“I just lay in bed thinking about all the possibilities. I don’t think I got more than two hours sleep all night, my heart was in overdrive.” said the winner

With the winnings safely in her bank account, the woman now has the enviable task of deciding how to spend her newfound fortune.

“I don’t want to rush into anything, but I do know I want to help out family. I haven’t told a single sole yet, so I can’t wait to tell them the good news. I know there be a bit of a celebration once I let them in on my little secret!” said the winner.


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