Winning streak continues for Tauranga Lotto players

11 February 2016

A lucky Tauranga local is sitting on a goldmine after winning $7.1 million with Powerball First Division with last night’s live Lotto draw – they just don’t know it yet.

This isn’t the first time a Tauranga local has struck it lucky, with seven First Division prizes won in the area in the past 12 months – including three Powerball First Division prizes totalling more than $16 million.

While Tauranga’s abuzz with excitement about the latest big win, another lucky local is tickled pink after winning a $200,000 windfall with Strike Four last week.

The regular Lotto player, who wishes to remain anonymous, had been playing the same numbers for a couple of months but had no idea they were sitting on a small fortune until they took their ticket into their regular Lotto shop.

“When the ladies told me I had won a major prize, I was absolutely stunned. I’ve never had so many hugs in my life,” the winner said.

The winner then decided to celebrate his newfound fortune by purchasing something a bit special.

“I bought an aged bottle of whiskey, to take the edge off,” the winner laughed.

As the Strike winner decides what they’re going to do with their winnings, another lucky local has a $7.1 million surprise waiting – all they need to do is check their ticket.

Anyone who purchased their ticket from AJ’s Lotto in Tauranga is encouraged to write their name on the back of their ticket and check it immediately at any Lotto outlet, online at MyLotto.co.nz or through Lotto NZ’s ticket-checker app.

Players can phone Lotto on 0800 695 6886 if they want to enquire about the best way to claim a prize.

Background

Ten Powerball and Big Wednesday prizes have been won in the Tauranga area, including a $27 million winning Big Wednesday ticket, which was sold at AJ’s Lotto in September 2012.

Tauranga is also home to 2015’s ‘luckiest’ Lotto outlet, Greerton Lotto. Greerton Lotto took out the title after selling two Powerball First Division winning tickets in 2015.

2015 and 2016 Tauranga First Division Lotto, Powerball and Strike wins

Date

Game

Prize

Location

Feb 2016

Powerball

$7.1 million

AJ’s Lotto

Feb 2016

Strike Four

$200,000

Cambridge Heights Foodmarket

Dec 2015

Lotto

$500,000

Greerton Lotto

Dec 2015

Lotto

$500,000

Countdown Fraser Cove

Sep 2015

Lotto

$1 million

Greerton Lotto

Mar 2015

Lotto

$2 million

Pak N Save Papamoa

Feb 2015

Powerball

$4.5 million

Greerton Lotto

Top 10 Tauranga Powerball and Big Wednesday First Division wins

Rank

Date

Game

Prize

Location

1

2012

Big Wednesday

$27.0 million

AJ’s Lotto

2

2008

Powerball

$13.3 million

Bureta Superette

3

2013

Powerball

$9.8 million

Mt Paper Power

4

2007

Big Wednesday

$8.9 million

Tauranga City Lotto

5

2005

Powerball

$8.6 million

Mags, Cards & Lotto

6

2016

Powerball

$7.1 million

AJ”s Lotto

7

2015

Powerball

$5 million

Greerton Lotto

8

2015

Powerball

$4.5 million

Greerton Lotto

9

2004

Powerball

$3.5 million

Tauranga Pak N Save

10

2003

Powerball

$1.3 million

Bayfair Lotto

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