A vintage motorcycle buff kept his $20.5 million-winning
Lotto Powerball ticket hidden in his sock drawer before
claiming the prize.
The South Island man, who wants to remain anonymous, bought
his ticket on a whim while in Invercargill to take part in
the Burt Munro Challenge - a week-long celebration of the
"It was a spur of the moment decision to get a Lotto ticket,"
he said. "I don't play every week but I had a spare $20 in my
wallet so though I would give it a go."
The man heard on Sunday that the winning ticket was from
Windsor Stationery & Lotto - where he bought his.
"I deliberately delayed checking my ticket as I wanted the
magic of thinking I could be a millionaire to last a bit
longer," he said.
"I didn't really think that I could be the winner, so I was
completely stunned when I did look online and saw that I had
The man then rang his partner to share the good news.
"She did not believe me. I do play the odd joke on her, so
she originally thought I was having a laugh again."
The man kept his ticket in his wallet, hidden in his sock
"I haven't really been able to sleep - I kept getting up in
the night to check that it is still there. It still feels a
bit unreal really."
The man has already contacted his bank and has been blown
away by how much interest he will earn on his win.
"It's enough for me and my partner to think about stopping
work. Plus I can now really indulge my liking for vintage
motorcycles. We also would like to plan some overseas travel
- in style."