Run of luck for Lotto winners in Invercargill

29 January 2016

The stars aligned over Invercargill this month with two lucky locals each taking home $250,000 with Lotto First Division.

One of the winners had no idea they had been sitting on a treasure trove for a whole week until they went to their local store to buy their next ticket.

“I just went into the store as I always do and handed my ticket to the man behind the counter to check. When he pulled me aside and told me I had won $250,000, I just told him he was being naughty – I thought he was joking!” the winner laughed.

After all the paperwork had been taken care of, the winner decided to splash out on some delicious treats to celebrate.

“I went straight to the food cabinet and bought some chicken nibbles and cream donuts to share with friends for lunch. After all the excitement, I enjoyed them twice as much!” the winner laughed.

Meanwhile, Invercargill’s other lucky winner was at home with his family when he found out the ticket he had tucked in his wallet for safe-keeping was about to change his life.

“As I went into the dining room to check my numbers on the computer, I jokingly asked my wife to send me positive thoughts.

“When I saw that the numbers on my ticket matched the numbers on screen I said to her ‘I need you to come here please’ in a funny voice. When she came over she had to remind me to breathe – it was such an unreal moment,” the winner said.

The winning ticket was also extra special as it was given to him by a family member.

“As I checked through all the tickets a second time, I realised this particular ticket was a birthday gift from a family member – and what a wonderful gift it turned out to be!”

The winning tickets were sold at Newfield Four Square and South City Gifts & Lotto in Invercargill for the live Lotto draw on 16 January.

Background

First Division Lotto wins in Southland, 2014 – 2016

Game

Date

Prize

Retailer

Area

Lotto

Jan 2016

$250,000

Newfield Four Square

Invercargill

Lotto

Jan 2016

$250,000

South City Gifts & Lotto

Invercargill

Lotto

Nov 2015

$111,111

Paper Plus Gore

Gore

Lotto

Jun 2015

$250,000

Collingwood Food Centre

Invercargill

Lotto

Mar 2015

$170,000

Clutterbucks Four Square

Mataura

Lotto Strike

Jan 2015

$60,000

Te Anau Four Square

Te Anau

Lotto

Mar 2014

$250,000

Windsor New World

Invercargill

Lotto Strike

Feb 2014

$760,000

Collingwood Food Centre

Invercargill

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