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Akld Man Wins $7.7 Million - Due To Wife's Nagging

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9 December 2008 - An Auckland man bought a Powerball lucky dip ticket on Saturday night only two minutes before the draw close off - and scooped the top prize of $7.5 million.

"My wife had been nagging me all week to get a ticket - so I when saw the Lotto sign in Westgate I sprinted in to get the ticket before they closed at 7.00 pm. I must have been their last customer of the night," he said.

The couple had no idea they were winners, until they checked their ticket on the spur of the moment whilst shopping at the Warehouse.

"We actually went to the Warehouse to check out their best price on an Elmo toy for one of the kids for Christmas. We are on a strict budget so were looking for the best possible deal.

"My wife wanted to get a sausage as well, but I did not have any change. So I decided to check our ticket in case I had won a small prize. I could not believe it when they said I was actually the big winner.

"When I showed the prize print out to my wife, she was so happy as she thought we had won $7,500. When she realised how much it really was, she fell to the floor, and then said "but all I wanted was a sausage!"

"We have had a rough couple of years, with going to down to one income after having children. So we are now over the moon.

"This is the best time for us - and right before Christmas. We are currently renting so our first priority will be to buy a house for us. Plus we will have to go back and get that Elmo now without worrying about the price!

"I have never been so glad to listen to my wife's nagging," he said.

The winning ticket was sold at Camera & Printz Westgate in Waitakere and is worth a total of $7.7 million which is made up of $7.5 million from Powerball First Division and $200,000 from Lotto First Division.

Camera & Printz Lotto operator Sophie said they are delighted to have sold another big winning ticket, after a ticket sold in their store in June won another player $8 million.

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