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New Zealand man who won $15 million in lottery stays humble
Lottery winner's extraordinary generosity By Kate Northrop Like any lottery winner, one anonymous New Zealander considers himself lucky to win $15 million (US$8.4 million) in the lottery, but it's his sunny outlook and boundless generosity that separates him from the rest. Michael, who has been given an alternative name to protect his identity, has always been a boon to his community, and winning $15 million in the New Zealand Lottery's Lotto game did nothing to change that. The
Oct 7, 2022, 6:24 pm - Lottery News

Lotto New Zealand payment glitch affects 25,000 players buying tickets
$42.2 million Powerball jackpot scooped up by one lone ticketholder in the same night By Kate Northrop In a digital glitch, around 25,000 Kiwis were overcharged on their lottery tickets for Lotto New Zealand's $42.2 million (US$30.2 million) Powerball drawing on Wednesday, the second-largest jackpot won in the country's history. The high volume of traffic on the Lottery's MyLotto website prior to the drawing led to issues with the card processing systems operated by third party payment
Oct 26, 2021, 8:03 am - Lottery News

New Zealand couple hopes $17 million lottery prize will last generations
A young married couple from Auckland, New Zealand, started their Sunday morning learning they were $17.16 million (US$12.6 million) richer. The couple, who want to remain anonymous, won Powerball First Division in Saturday night's draw after buying their ticket from West City Lotto in Henderson. The husband said he was up with his children on Sunday morning while his wife had a much-deserved sleep-in. He was on his phone when he saw Powerball had been won by a ticket purchased at one of th
Jul 28, 2021, 8:37 am - Lottery News

New Zealand couple had no idea they held lottery ticket worth $5 million
By Kate Northrop One lucky New Zealand couple was surprised to learn that they held the tenth and final second-tier winning ticket for the country's $51.6 million (US$33.7 million) Lotto Powerball jackpot last week. It started off as an innocent trip to the store to check a lone lottery ticket, one week after the draw on Saturday, August 15, 2020. The couple went to the retailer they purchased the ticket from, Andrew Spence Pharmacy on Maadi Road in Onekawa, which is considered the second
Aug 25, 2020, 2:19 pm - Lottery News

New Zealand man who lost his job during lockdown wins $10 million Lotto jackpot
Just weeks after losing his job, a Hamilton, New Zealand, man surprised his wife with a staggering $10.3 million (US$6.3 million) Lotto win. The big winner, who is anonymous like most winners in New Zealand choose to be, was one of the thousands of Kiwis made redundant over the nearly two-month lockdown period. His wife is a healthcare worker has worked through the lockdown. When she came home from work in a quick lunch break, she found him sitting at the kitchen table, acting strange .
May 25, 2020, 9:32 am - Lottery News

New Zealand man wins $1M lottery after someone cut him in line
A patient New Zealand Lotto player bagged a cool $1 million, all thanks to a pushy patron who decided to cut him in line. The Tauranga winner of last week's $1 million Wednesday Lotto draw has put his win down to good karma . The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought his lucky ticket from Pak N Save Papamoa on his way home from work. I was waiting in line at the Lotto shop and another customer nipped in front of me, explained the winner in a written statement from Lotto New Ze
Sep 29, 2016, 9:34 am - Lottery News

Winning Lotto ticket survives washing machine
A four-week-old Lotto ticket survived a trip through the washing machine to net $250,000 for its Christchurch, New Zealand, owner. The ticket bought at Pak'n'Save in Moorhouse for the July 9 Lotto draw shared the First Division prize with tickets bought in Auckland, Waitakere and Hastings. The winner, who wants to stay anonymous, said he found the ticket last weekend after he washed an old pair of jeans. I went through the wet pockets and realised I had washed a Lotto ticket in the jea
Aug 6, 2011, 7:56 am - Lottery News

Nick of time: N.Z. man claims lottery prize 1 day before expiration
Talk about cutting it close. A man in Auckland, New Zealand claimed his lottery prize of $391,581 just 24 hours before the ticket would have expired. He had kept the ticket in a drawer a year ago and forgotten about it. The first division winning ticket was sold 12 months ago in Ponsonby. As far as we're aware this is the first time a major prize has been claimed the day before its expiry date. If the winner had waited another day he would have unfortunately received nothing, Fox Ne
Apr 20, 2010, 10:11 am - Lottery News

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