A winning Lotto ticket worth more than $13 million proved to
be the perfect cure for its owner's migraine.
The Hastings couple, who did not want to be identified, were
regular Lotto players and realised on Sunday they were
holding a winner.
"I play my own numbers every week, so as soon as I saw the
results I knew we'd won something good – I just didn't know
what," the husband said.
"When I realised we'd won First Division I crossed my
fingers, hoping I'd picked the right Powerball too - lucky
for us, I had.
"My wife wasn't feeling well, so was in bed at the time. It
turns out that me bursting through the door screaming, 'We've
won $13 million' was an instant cure," he said.
Despite checking their ticket on Sunday, the winners waited a
couple of days before driving to Auckland to claim their
The couple said top of their list to buy were new cars.
"We're even staying at a hotel near a dealer so we can start
shopping as soon as the winnings are in our account," the
"We're thrilled to be in a position to be able to share our
good fortune and help our wider family and our favourite
The winning ticket was bought at Pak 'N Save Hastings.
The total Powerball prize of $26.4 million was shared between
two winners from Auckland and Hastings.
The winners wished to remain anonymous.