A couple from Taupo unwrapped a very generous present this
Christmas when a Lotto ticket they received as a gift won
them $1 million with Lotto First Division.
The winners had three tickets for Saturday's Lotto draw - two
they had purchased themselves and one sent to them for
Christmas by a relative in Tauranga.
"I'd been having a pretty bad day, so decided to sit down on
Sunday evening and check our tickets in the hopes that might
make the day a little brighter," one of the winners said.
"I checked the two we'd bought first - no luck. Then I
checked the ticket a relative sent us for Christmas. When I
realised we had all the numbers I gasped and checked the line
again... and again, and again. Then ran outside to find my
"Neither of us could believe it - a million dollars! We were
a bag of nerves for the rest of the evening.
"Since we couldn't think straight we knew cooking dinner
wasn't an option - so we celebrated the win with fish 'n
chips!" laughed the winner.
The winners, who wish to remain anonymous, can't wait to tell
the relative who gave them the winning ticket the good news.
"We're going to go up and visit them in the New Year to let
them know just how generous the gift was - it's going to be
so special. I can't wait to see the look on his face when we
break the news!"
While the winners are still deciding how they will spend the
money, they're certain some of the winnings will make it back
to their relative.
"We're definitely going to use some of the money to help him
out - what better way to say thank you than by paying off his
The winning ticket was sold at Bayfair Lotto in Mount