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Manukau Six Million Dollar Man Comes Forward To Claim Prize

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30 October 2008 - A Lotto Powerball ticket worth $6.1 million had been folded in an Auckland man's wallet for nearly two weeks, before he decided to finally check it whilst out shopping.

The winner wishes to remain anonymous.

"I knew that there was a big prize sold at the Manukau Pak n Save where I had bought my ticket, and lots of people were talking about it at work, but I was too superstitious to check my ticket until now," the man said.

"Life has not been easy for me and my family. Like many Aucklanders we are working hard but still struggling with a big mortgage - and it has been really really hard to get ahead. So I really really wanted to win this big prize.

"So I could not quite believe it when the Lotto operator checked my ticket, then looked at me strangely and said "do you know how much you have won?".

"I was so emotional that I could hardly read the numbers on the piece of paper she gave me, and could not wait to tell my family the good news.

"This will make our future so much easier now. First off we will clear the mortgage! And it will be great not to have to work so hard and to be able to help our children and family out and have a better life," the winner said.

With this winner now coming forward, all of the five prizes resulting from the $30 million 'Must be Won' Lotto Powerball draw on 18 October have now been claimed.

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