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Lucky numbers land Christchurch couple $5 million

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A Christchurch man’s decision to ‘cover his bases’ by playing the same lucky Lotto numbers with a different Powerball number on each line has paid off after winning $5 million with Powerball First Division.

The regular MyLotto player, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been playing this way for a while.

"I picked my lucky numbers about two years ago and have been playing them ever since. They’re a mixture of numbers that are special to our family - birthdates, former addresses… that kind of thing.

"I always thought I’d just hate for my six numbers to come up only to find that I hadn’t picked the right Powerball, so I don’t take the risk and play a different Powerball number on each line," said the man.

The lucky man was at home with his wife on Wednesday night watching TV, when he saw his numbers being drawn on the live Lotto draw.

"We were watching TV when the Lotto draw came on. I saw the first five numbers come out wand I knew straight away that they were my numbers, but I was so blown away that I didn’t catch sixth number, so couldn’t be 100% what we’d won."

Not wanting to get too ahead of himself, the man patiently waited for the results to be published on MyLotto.

"I felt like a cat on hot tin roof, I didn’t know what to do with myself. It was the longest 45 minutes of my life," laughed the man.

Logging into the Lotto NZ App on his phone, the man watched as all the numbers on his ticket were circled - including the winning Powerball number, number 7.

"I turned to my wife and showed her my ticket on my phone. The first thing she said back was ‘Yeah? Well what does that mean… we’ve won $15?’

I couldn’t work out where she’d gotten that from - then realised she’d looked at the price of the ticket instead of the big ‘$5 million prize’ staring at us at the top of the screen," laughed the winner.

"Let’s just say when she finally realised how much we’d won, there were a few more colourful words coming out of her mouth!" said the man.

With racing hearts and shaky hands, the winner and his wife jumped straight on the phone to their kids and asked them to come around

"As soon as they came through the door, we showed them the ticket and everyone erupted into celebration. It was such a special moment," said the man.

With the midweek celebrations in full swing, the family didn’t get to bed until well after midnight.

"I honestly don’t think we got a wink of sleep on Wednesday night. It was so surreal, we kind of woke on Thursday and thought did that actually happen?" said the winner.

With the win confirmed and the prize now safely in the couple’s bank account, the first thing on their to-do list is to set their kids up.

"The most important thing for us is being able to help out friends and family - once that’s taken care of, the world is our oyster.

"We’ve always wanted to go on a trip to Italy together, so that’ll defiantly be on the cards now. We’re over the moon."

The winning ticket was sold on MyLotto for the Lotto draw on Wednesday 29 August.

Background

This $5 million Powerball prize is the second consecutive time Powerball First Division has been struck, following on from a $6 million Powerball prize won by another MyLotto player last Saturday.

MyLotto is on a winning streak, with three Powerball First Division prizes being won by MyLotto players in August. This includes a $22 million Powerball prize won by a Central Otago player in mid-August - the largest Powerball prize ever won in the South Island.

MyLotto has sold its fair share of major prizes over the years, with 13 MyLotto players winning big with Powerball First Division since the site launched in 2008.

This lucky winner is the 10th Kiwi to win big Powerball First Division so far this year, joining 32 other lucky New Zealanders who have become overnight millionaires with Lotto NZ’s games so far this year.

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