Auckland man has claimed Lotto's sixth biggest prize in
The city's newest multi-millionaire came forward today to
claim Saturday night's $26.2 million jackpot - despite
knowing for at least three days he had the winning ticket.
"The numbers came out and I had them all, and I thought 'Ok,
I just need to get the number six now'. So when the Powerball
came out, I let out the biggest yell.
"And some obscenities too, if I'm honest,'' he said.
The winner, whose name has not been released by Lotto NZ,
said he had enjoyed the recent speculation around the winning
"It was quite fun reading about the search for the winner in
the paper each morning knowing all the while that I had the
winning ticket in my back pocket.''
When he purchased the ticket from Willy Wonka's in the
Downtown Shopping Centre, he had a ``good feeling,'' he said.
"I never normally watch the live draw on Saturday night, but
for some reason I had a good feeling about it this week.
"I actually felt it as soon as I took hold of the ticket - so
I made sure to watch,'' the winner said.
"I was stunned - that's the best word - just absolutely
stunned. I had a sleepless night, that's for sure.''
The new millionaire said he planned to help his family with
his new found dosh - as well as splash out on a nice holiday.
"I know we're still in summer - but I'm already thinking
about escaping the New Zealand winter. Now I'll be able to
treat myself to a holiday somewhere warm during the winter
months - I can have the best of both worlds.''
"I just want to put a smile on everybody's face. I can't wait
to tell my family and share some of my excitement.''
"Knowing that I can help out my family - and I can help out
other people that need a bit of support ... it's a really
The prize was made up of $26,061,898 from Powerball first
division and $200,000 from Lotto first division.