A Wanaka woman has claimed a $1 million windfall - the
largest lottery prize won in the town.
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, won Lotto first
division last weekend after buying the winning ticket at
Wanaka New World.
Eager to get the money in the bank, she travelled to Auckland
to claim her prize at the Lotto office on Wednesday
She had been having a leisurely Sunday morning, lying in bed
reading a book, when her partner called from the next room
that someone in Wanaka had won Lotto.
''So I thought: 'All right, I may as well check my ticket',''
the winner said.
''I had all six numbers on one row, so I called him in and
told him we'd won. He knew I was serious; it's not the kind
of thing I'd joke about.''
Her partner double-checked the ticket though, just to be
The pair planned to both keep working, ''but it feels like
we're closer to retirement now. Winning Lotto will make that
Lotto New Zealand head of corporate communications Emilia
Mazur told the Otago Daily Times the winner was a
long-term local, not one of Wanaka's many seasonal residents.
She could not confirm whether the couple were married or
provide any identifying details.
This was not the first time the winner's Lotto numbers had
''All of my numbers came up once several years ago but I
hadn't got a ticket that week. I couldn't believe it, so I
never forget to get my ticket now,'' the woman said.