Dunedin Powerball winners claim $13.3 million

11 July 2016

Three lucky players won $13.3 million each following Powerball’s $40 million Must Be Won draw. While two winners are still outstanding, the ticket sold in Dunedin has been claimed in record time, even getting their local supermarket to open up after hours to check their ticket.

The winning couple, who wish to remain anonymous, knew straight away that they’d won.

“I was watching the live Lotto draw, and circled all of our winning numbers – including the Powerball,” said the winner.

“I was so excited, I didn’t know what to do. My husband was in the other room so I hollered out to him.”

“My first thought was ‘oh no, I bet she’s pregnant’,” her husband laughed.

But even when his wife showed him the Lotto ticket and the winning numbers, he still didn’t believe that they’d won. So they phoned friends to come over to help them check the ticket again.

“Everyone was saying ‘yes, you’ve won’, but he still didn’t believe it,” said the winner.

“Even when we found out that the winning ticket had been bought from Pak N Save Dunedin, which is where we bought our ticket from, he was like ‘nah, no way’.”

The winners decided to ask around their friends to see if there was any other way they could check their ticket, which is when the Moyles opened Fresh Choice Supermarket in Dunedin so they could check their ticket.

“The Lotto lady had to get out of bed to come down and help check the ticket for us. It wasn’t until the Lotto machine made the winning noise and we saw the prize claim receipt that he finally believed it,” said the winner.

“I have a copy of the claim receipt with $13,368,688 written on it. I pulled it out of my pocket to look at about 100 times yesterday,” her husband said.

“As for the winning ticket, I kept it in my undies draw until we had to bring it up to Auckland to collect our prize. No one would ever go looking in there,” he laughed.

“It’s funny because I was in my man cave out the back of the house a couple of weeks ago with my buddy and we were talking about what we’d if we won Lotto – we were talking about bikes, muscle cars, houses.

“It’s amazing to think I can do all that now if I want to.

“At one point we were talking about buying a whole street of houses and getting all of our mates to move in. I’m not sure I’ll do that though,” he laughed.

After checking their ticket at Fresh Choice Green Island supermarket late on Saturday night, the winners then flew up to Auckland to claim their prize in person at Lotto NZ’s head office first thing on Monday morning.

“To win this amount of money is incredible and we keep thinking about how we’ll be able to help people out with our winnings. We feel so incredibly lucky.

“But we’ll stay the same people. In fact, I think we might go out for burgers tonight to celebrate,” the winner laughed.

Background

In a Must Be Won draw, if there are no First Division winners then the entire jackpot rolls down to the next Division where there are winners – for example, Second or Third Division.

On Saturday, the $40 million Powerball First Division prize pool rolled down to Second Division, where there were three winners, who won $13,368,688 each.

The other two winning tickets were bought from Oparau Roadhouse in Te Awamutu and on MyLotto to a player in Hamilton.

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