Press Release – New Zealand Lotteries Commission
A $500,000 First Division prize from last weekend’s Lotto draw has been claimed by a Wellington couple, who’d bought their ticket at Whitcoulls Taupo when they were there recently – but this wasn’t their first Lotto win.
“I just missed out on First Division before, because I turned 40 but didn’t change my birthdate number from 39 to 40, and sure enough that’s the number that made the difference,” says the Wellington man.
“We won Second Division though, and now with this First Division Lotto win we’re aiming for the big one next – so hopefully we’ll see you again soon with Powerball.”
The other $500,000 from the draw has been won by an octogenarian from Rangiora, who says her win was written in the stars recently – but the astrological advice for her today is not to spend up large.
“I always read the horoscopes in The Press, and a few weeks ago it said some money would come through soon, just in time to get some accommodation – and sure enough I get this win, and then a unit has come available to buy too. But today’s stars say ‘you know what you want to buy, but don’t spend’, so I better pay attention to that too.”
The winning Lotto ticket was sold at Gift & Lotto Shop in Rangiora.
There’s $9.7 million to be won in tomorrow night’s Lotto draw, and the Lotto holiday promotion is still underway, giving Lotto Triple Dip players the chance to win one of 200 extra prizes worth over $5 million.
Every Triple Dip purchased during the three-week promotion period, from 16 December 2012 to 5 January 2013, will generate a special promotional voucher with a unique number. The 200 winning voucher numbers will be drawn on Saturday 5 January.