Lotto winners claim $6.8 million prize

02 February 2016

Ohakune residents can stop looking – the winner of the $6.8 million Powerball prize has come forward to collect their winnings.

The winning ticket was sold at Take Note in Ohakune for the Lotto draw over a week ago.

Since then, the missing millionaire has been the talk of the town as locals check their tickets and imagine what they would do if they were the lucky winner.

However, the hunt is now over as the winner has come forward after completely forgetting they even had a ticket for the draw.

The winning ticket had been sitting forgotten in the winner’s wallet for the past eight days, while the winner went about their regular business – completely unaware they were literally sitting on a fortune.

After hearing the buzz around town, the winner noticed the ticket in his wallet last night and decided to check the results. He quickly saw that he had six winning Lotto numbers on one line and the all-important Powerball number.

The winner and his wife, who wish to remain anonymous, are still deciding what to do with their winnings.

“The winners were quite shell-shocked when they realised just how much they’d won,” said Lotto NZ’s GM, Corporate Communications Emilia Mazur.

“They are slowly coming to terms with the fact that they are now millionaires – a few times over – and are enjoying some exciting conversations about all the things they can do with their winnings.”

2015 was a record breaking year for Powerball players with 13 players winning the jackpot throughout the year, the most ever since the game began.

And 2016 is already shaping up to just as lucky, with two big prizes of more than $6 million won in the first month of the year.

The Powerball jackpot for tomorrow’s draw is $6 million and, as recent history shows, it could be won at any time.

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