While great fun to play, few real money pokies can match the payout of the New Zealand Lotto. Yet another lucky Kiwi has been added to the list of new Lotto millionaires, after winning the Lotto Powerball jackpot.
The winner hails from Auckland and was the sole player who struck it lucky in the Saturday night Lotto Powerball draw and became $17.1 million richer!
Broken down, the win incorporates the $17 million Powerball win and another 1/6 share of the First Division prize – another $166,667.
The First Division prize was won by six players altogether. These winners of $166K bought their tickets at retail stores in Blenheim and Dunedin, as well as online in Auckland, Wellington and Southland.
The $17.1 million ticket – with winning numbers 7, 9, 24, 34, 14 and 10; Powerballl 8 - was bought at West City Lotto in Auckland.
The owner of the store where the winning ticket was bought, told the media that his shop became swamped with people coming forward to check their tickets before the winners came forward to claim their prize.
The owner, Sunny Arora, has run the West City shopping mall-located lotto store for five years.
"We're excited, of course. Many customers are coming in today. People think it's a lucky shop. We have sold a few big wins,” he said.
The $17.1 million Powerball winners have chosen to remain anonymous at this stage. All that’s known about them is that they’re a young married couple from Auckland.
The man said that he was on the phone when he noticed that the winning Powerball ticket had been bought at the store that his wife regularly frequents.
He said that he quickly woke his wife to ask her about the purchased tickets.
“My husband and I sat next to each other in bed and I checked the ticket while he read the winning numbers to me,” recalled the wife. ”When I realized that we had the first three numbers, my hands started to shake – let alone when we had all six.”
“Then I saw we had the winning Powerball number too ... we just couldn’t believe it. We sat there in total disbelief, checking and rechecking the ticket.”
The latest win brought to 13 the number of Powerball wins this year alone. Wins ranged from $2.9 million to the latest $17.1 million.
According to the New Zealand Herald, the wins this year have been as follows:
… And then the 14th Hit!
Soon after the $17 million windfall, one lucky punter became more than $5 million richer. The single ticket won the anonymous player $5,333,333 - $5m from the Powerball and a further one third of the Division One prize.