Invercargill local claims $1 million Lotto prize

22 March 2016

What would you do if you thought you had a $1 million winning Lotto ticket? Instead of racing to a Lotto shop like most players, an Invercagill man decided to take a more unique approach and stashed the ticket in his work bag for two weeks.

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, first thought he could be Invercargill’s lucky First Division winner after hearing about the big win on his moring tea break.

“Some mates at work were talking about the win a couple of days after the draw and mentioned that no one had come forward to claim the prize.

“I knew that the longer I walked around with my ticket unchecked, the more likely I could be the winner so I refused to check it. I wanted to keep the dream of winning alive for as long as possible,” the winner said.

As time went on, the winner became more and more certain that the ticket he had lying at the bottom of his bag was worth a million dollars. So he dug it out and decided to find out once and for all.

“By this stage I had memorised the winning numbers after seeing them in the paper so many times,” said the winner.

“As soon as I looked at the ticket I saw every one of the numbers on the second line of my ticket – it was an unreal moment.”

When the winner’s wife returned home later that evening, he couldn’t wait to tell her about their newfound fortune.

“As soon as she stepped through the door I shouted ‘We’re rich!’ and tossed the ticket in the air. She just looked at me in disbelief – she probably thought I’d gone mad,” the winner laughed.

But even when he knew just how lucky that little yellow piece of paper was, the winner was in no hurry to claim his prize and went to work the next day with his million dollar secret.

“My workmates asked me again if I was the lucky winner, but I just said ‘nah it wasn’t me’. It was pretty hard to keep the smile off my face!” the winner said.

Now that the winnings are safely in his bank account, the winner is beginning to think about how to spend his winnings.

“We’d like to go on an overseas holiday and upgrade our cars. Apart from that, we’re just looking forward to a comfy retirement.”

The winning ticket was sold at Collingwood Foodcentre in Invercargill.

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