Wainuiomata man claims $1 million Lotto prize

22 January 2016

A Wainuiomata man has been left stunned after winning $1 million with Lotto First Division on Wednesday.

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, was enjoying a relaxing night with his family when he heard a big winner had been sold in the area.

“My son burst into the room and told us that he saw on Facebook that someone from Wainuiomata had won Lotto,” said the winner.

“I didn’t think much of it to be honest – I never really considered that it could be me, so I wasn’t in a hurry to check my ticket.”

When he did eventually check his ticket he was blown away with what he saw.

“I checked most of the lines on my ticket and thought I hadn’t won anything, so called out to my partner ‘well, it’s not me’,” the winner said.

“Then I checked the line right at the bottom of my ticket and instantly saw all the numbers lined up – I had them all!

“I turned to my partner and said ‘hang on, it is me’ and showed her the winning line. Neither of us could believe it, we just sat there in absolute shock!”

After realising just how lucky his Lotto ticket was, the winner didn’t want to take any chances about losing it so stowed it in the safest place he could think of – in bed.

“I didn’t want to let it out of my sight, so I tucked it in my wallet and popped it under my pillow. I didn’t get much sleep that night, but whether I was asleep or awake my hand was on my wallet the whole time,” the winner laughed.

After claiming his prize at his local Lotto store in the morning, the winner and his family began to think about what they would do with their winnings.

“We’ve thought about it so much, but we still have no idea what we’re going to do – we’re still totally stunned by the whole thing.

“Whatever we decide, I know it’s going to make a real difference to our family.”

The winning ticket was sold at Norfolk Street Foodmarket in Wainuiomata.

This continues the recent run of winning for the wider Wellington area – following three big wins in Porirua recently and a big win in Lower Hutt.

  • In December, a Porirua local won $15.2 million with Powerball and split his winnings with a mate
  • In October, another Porirua local won $1 million with Lotto First Division
  • Earlier this week, another resident of Porirua won $333,333 with Lotto First Division
  • A ticket bought in Lower Hutt won $7.5 million with Powerball First Division in the last Lotto draw of 2015.
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