Invercargill is buzzing over who might be $20.5 million
The winner of the huge Lotto Powerball jackpot is yet to
claim the prize, but the shop it was bought in was closed
yesterday and the owner hopes they might come forward today.
"I've always said to our customers, 'If you ever win, don't
be afraid to call me at home, I'll open up privately for you'
but it hasn't happened," said Windsor Stationery & Lotto
owner, Betty Sinclair.
She has no idea who the winner might be.
Mrs Sinclair said the win was great for the community and
Invercargill - she had many friends calling her up and
congratulating her yesterday.
"It's been a wonderful day for us as well, even though we
didn't get the $20 million in our bank, it's still very
exciting for us."
The store, which Mrs Sinclair and her husband have owned for
15 years, has had a number of winners in the past, but never
any as big as this one.
When these ticket-holders claim the prize, they'll be the
ninth multi-millionaires this year, said NZ Lotteries chief
executive Wayne Pickup.
"A win this big is simply life changing, no matter what your
situation - so no doubt they'll be celebrating."
The total prize was made up of $500,000 from Lotto first
division and $20 million from Powerball first division.
Another lucky Lotto player from Christchurch also won a
$500,000 share of Lotto first division. Their winning ticket
was sold at Unichem Bishopdale Pharmacy in Christchurch.
- Amelia Wade, New Zealand Herald