Ashburton MyLotto players win $22.2 million
Ashburton MyLotto players are in celebration mode after winning $22.2 million with Powerball First Division on Saturday.
The winners, who wish to remain anonymous, purchased their winning ticket online at MyLotto.co.nz with just minutes to spare on Saturday evening.
“We were cooking dinner when I suddenly remembered that I hadn’t picked up a ticket for the draw, so I raced to my laptop and quickly grabbed a ticket on MyLotto. Luckily I managed to get in just in time,” said the winner.
Despite hearing that a lucky Ashburton player had scooped a $22.2 million prize, it took the winner a couple of days before he remembered to check his ticket. “We had a really busy weekend so it just didn’t cross my mind. I ended up checking the ticket first thing in the morning when my fiancé and the kids were still in bed.
“I watched as each of the winning numbers were circled off on my ticket – they just kept coming. I couldn’t believe it when I saw I had all the right Lotto numbers – and then came the Powerball!” the winner said.
When he realised just how much they’d won, the winner only had one thought on his mind – sharing the good news with his fiancé.
“He thumped up the stairs screaming ‘Come here! You’ve got to come look at this’,” explained his fiancé.
“My mind started racing, trying to work out what might have happened – he sounded so worried. So the kids and I rushed downstairs to see what was going on – and that’s when he showed me our winning ticket.
“We all just stood there staring, totally stunned. None of us could believe what we were seeing.”
The winner, who has been playing on MyLotto since 2013, always thought he might get lucky with a ticket bought through MyLotto one day – but he never imagined he would win $22.2 million.
“I really like getting my tickets on MyLotto – it’s nice and easy and you don’t have to worry about rushing down the road to the shop if you forget to buy a ticket. Playing with MyLotto definitely paid off this time! My fiancé always preferred buying her tickets from a Lotto shop, but now she’s a MyLotto convert – she’s setting up her own account when we get home,” laughed the winner.
The $22.2 million Powerball prize is the largest prize ever won by a MyLotto player and the fourth time Powerball First Division has been won on MyLotto. Find out about more big MyLotto wins.