Z Energy a lucky charm for Auckland Lotto winner

24 February 2016

A lucky Auckland Lotto player who purchased a Lotto ticket from Z Albany is thrilled to bits after winning $1 million with Lotto First Division on Saturday.

The regular Lotto player, who wishes to remain anonymous, often shops at her local Z store for petrol and coffee and now that Lotto is also available, it’s her go-to stop for her weekly ticket too.

“I always have a great experience at Z as the staff there are just awesome to deal with. Now that they sell Lotto tickets it’s really handy to buy my ticket from there every week too and it’s certainly paid off,” the winner said.

The winner had no idea they were sitting on a lucky ticket until they decided to check their numbers the day after the live Lotto draw.

“I checked my ticket online first but didn’t believe what I was seeing, so I drove straight to my mum’s place to get a second opinion.

“When I showed her the ticket, her eyes grew wide and between us, we checked the ticket over and over. When we knew it wasn’t a mistake, she gave me the biggest hug – it was just surreal,” the winner said.

Making a trip to the Z store a short while later, the winner noticed something a little different outside that was also pretty special.

“They had put a sandwich board outside saying they’d had a big winner sold there and my heart leapt - it was like I had this amazing secret. It was such a neat feeling,” the winner said.

When it comes to spending her winnings, the winner has already set plans in motion.

“I’m already in the process of buying a house, so that’s pretty exciting! It’s like everything has fallen into place at the perfect time - I just feel so grateful,” the winner said.

The winning ticket was bought at Z Albany in Auckland.

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