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After winning big in Lotto's new year draw, two Southland families are planning to meet to celebrate their good fortune.
Both families were on holiday — in Te Anau and Twizel — when they bought their tickets in the January 2 draw.
The holidays became ones to remember for them after each ticket won $2.8 million.
Their prize is made up of $2.5 million from Powerball first division and $333,333 from Lotto first division.
The families said they planned on meeting up so they could celebrate with a drink to mark their shared win.
The winner who bought their ticket in Te Anau said it was "mind boggling", TVNZ reported.
“Once I heard that we had split the prize with another South Island winner I was keen to celebrate together – and thankfully they are also keen to meet with us.
"It’s awesome that there is someone else going through the exact same experience as us – both winning while away on holiday. And the fact that we live in the same area makes it even more special. I’m sure it will be a celebration to remember!”