Hamilton family claim $1 million Lotto win

08 August 2016

A Hamilton family are celebrating after becoming the latest Kiwis to become overnight millionaires thanks to Lotto.

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought his ticket online at MyLotto ahead of Wednesday’s Lotto draw and promptly forgot all about it.

It wasn’t until he checked his emails on Thursday morning that he remembered he had a Lotto ticket – and discovered just how lucky he had become. 

“I was getting ready for work and quickly checked my emails, when I saw one from MyLotto that said I’d won a major prize,” said the winner.

“I raced out and grabbed my wife so we could check the ticket together.

“We watched the numbers get circled on our ticket one by one, and before we could begin to believe what we were seeing, it popped up saying ‘you’ve won $1 million’,” the winner said.

Despite seeing the winning draw with her own eyes, the winner’s wife was still sceptical.

“I turned straight to him and said ‘Is this a joke? You’re pranking me, aren’t you?’ I just couldn’t believe that it could be real,” his wife laughed.

After showing his wife the email and checking the results to see where the winning ticket had been sold, the couple finally began to believe their good fortune – and then went back to life as usual.

“We had to get to work, so kind of just got on with it. It was a really strange day – I’d just be sitting there and it would hit me all over again. We’ve won Lotto,” the winner said.

With the winnings now safely in their bank account, the winners are looking forward to deciding what to do with their newfound fortune.

“We’ll do all the usual things – pay off the mortgage and take a holiday. But other than that we want to use the winnings to help us enjoy special moments as a family.

“It’ll be so special being able to say yes to all those things we’ve always dreamed of doing, but couldn’t make happen just yet. It’s like a nice, big cushion that will make the rest of our lives so much easier,” said the winner.

The winning ticket was sold online at MyLotto.co.nz.

Meanwhile, another Waikato player will be celebrating this week after winning $1 million with Lotto First Division on Saturday 6 August. The winning ticket was sold at Paper Plus Morrinsville.

Anyone who bought their ticket from Paper Plus Morrinsville should write their name on the back of the ticket and check it immediately at any Lotto outlet, online at MyLotto.co.nz or through the Lotto NZ ticket-checker app.

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