Bay of Plenty top town for BMW wins

15 January 2016

The Bay of Plenty region was sprinkled with holiday luck during Lotto’s recent Christmas promotion with four lucky locals each driving away with one of the ten BMW X1 SUVs up for grabs.

It didn’t take long for three of the winners – two from Mount Maunganui and one from Tauranga – to find out they had won big, and they were all ecstatic to learn they had won the luxury car.

While most of the country was enjoying lazy mornings over the holiday period, the Tauranga winner was so excited that they couldn’t sleep.

“I tossed and turned the whole night and was up first thing in the morning to check the ticket again online, just in case. The last thing I won was a fishing rod, so to win a BMW is definitely a bit of an upgrade on that!,” the winner laughed.

Ever dreamed of receiving a car for your birthday? Well, this dream became a reality for one of the Mount Maunganui winners who found out she’d won a BMW on hers.

“I went back to the store where I bought the ticket from, waited patiently for everyone to leave and wrote on the top of the ticket ‘BMW’ and said ‘I think I’ve won that!’ It’s a birthday I’ll never forget,” the winner said.

While the other winners were looking forward to driving in style, another Mount Maunganui winner thought she would be riding around town on two wheels following her big win.

“I didn’t read the list of prizes properly and thought I had won a BMX bike. When I handed the ticket over to the retailer to be checked and he told me I had actually won a car, I was gobsmacked. I was stoked to have even won a bike!” the winner said.

Two of the winning tickets were sold at Bayfair Lotto in Mount Maunganui, one was sold at Mt Paper Power in Mount Maunganui and the other at AJ’s Lotto in Tauranga.

Lotto New Zealand is still waiting for the fourth Bay of Plenty BMW winner to claim their prize. The winning ticket was sold at Bayfair Lotto in Mount Maunganui.

Anyone who bought their ticket from Bayfair Lotto should write their name on the back of the ticket and check it immediately at any Lotto outlet, online at or through Lotto NZ’s ticket-checker smartphone app.

In 2015, over 700,000 winners in the Bay of Plenty region took home more than $50 million in prizes with Lotto. 

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