Someone is $20.2 million richer than they were yesterday
after a Big Wednesday first division win last night -- but
they might not even know it yet.
No one has come forward to claim the prize, Lotto New Zealand
The lucky punter will go down in Lotto's history books --
winning the fourth largest prize won by an individual ticket.
Lotto NZ spokeswoman Kirsten Robinson said most people came
forward within a few days if they had won a big prize.
"Some smaller prizes go unclaimed for longer [and] sometimes
people have sat on it for a few days."
A Christchurch winner of $22 million last year took four
weeks to come forward, she said.
"It's always exciting to find the winners."
The winning ticket was sold at Countdown Pukekohe South in
The ticket holder won $20,048,756 with Big Wednesday first
division and $197,319 with Big Wednesday second division.
This is the third time this year that the Big Wednesday
jackpot has been struck.
In February, a Kaikoura couple took home $8.5 million and in
April a winner in Takaka won $7 million.
Lotto is encouraging anyone who bought their Big Wednesday
ticket from Countdown Pukekohe South to check it immediately
at any Lotto outlet or online.
Largest Big Wednesday prizes:
June 2009: $36,890,256 (Kuripuni Lotto and Post Shop,
Sept 2009: $27,004,410 (AJ's Lotto, Tauranga)
Sept 2013: $22,569,174 (Pak'N Save Riccarton, Christchurch)
Sept 2014: $20,246,075 (Countdown Pukekohe South, Auckland)