Lotto has some simple advice for the winner of the
sixth-biggest prize in its history - write your name and
details on the winning ticket before you do anything else.
A Powerball player with a ticket sold in Auckland scooped
Saturday night's $26.2 million jackpot.
The winning ticket, sold at Willy Wonka in Westfield
Downtown, will be worth $26,061,898 from Powerball first
division and $200,000 from Lotto first division.
But Lotto spokeswoman Kirsten McConchie said Powerball's
first winner of 2014 had not come forward by last night.
She urged the winner to write their name, address and phone
number on the ticket to make it "secure".
Previous Lotto winners have gone to extremes to keep their
ticket safe including hiding it in a Bible, in their
underwear or under a heavy filing cabinet, or taping it to
"Lots of our winners keep it on them on their body, in their
wallet and some people have kept it in their bras ... We have
had winners who said they kept their tickets in secret hiding
places they wouldn't reveal even after collecting their
Ms McConchie said it was not uncommon for winners not to
immediately collect their winnings.
Last year, it took Lotto a month to track down a Christchurch
man who had won $22.6 million in a Big Wednesday draw.
"For all we know the [weekend's] winner may not even know
there is a winner yet."
Willy Wonka owner Nilesh Shah said he hoped the winner would
go back to his shop to pay him a visit but he thinks they may
be a tourist.
- James Ihaka of the NZ Herald