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Missing Powerball Winners Claim Shocking Prize

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Missing Powerball Winners Claim Shocking Prize

A North Shore woman got the shock of her life last Friday when she checked her tickets at Auckland airport - but didn't call her husband immediately because she didn't want to give him a heart attack on the phone, says NZ Lotteries' Chief Executive Todd McLeay.

"I was waiting for a flight to Wellington to go to a wedding, and thought I'd buy a Lotto ticket at the Whitcoulls there as it's considered a lucky store - I checked all my old tickets too... and that's when I found out I had won $4 million.

"My husband was already in Wellington, and I worried he might have a heart attack if I told him over the phone, so I had to wait the whole plane trip before I could tell him at the domestic terminal!" says the winning woman.

The couple spent the weekend as planned, enjoying a wedding with friends and family, then came in to the NZ Lotteries' Wellington office today to claim their life changing prize.

The ticket, which was bought at Mairangi Bay Dairy for Saturday 29 November draw, won a Powerball prize of $3 million and a Lotto First Division prize of $1 million.

The couple say they've done some number crunching and can't retire quite yet, but are planning a world trip - with or without their kids!

"I've never really travelled further than Australia, so this means we can go and see everything we've missed out on. We may take the kids with us, but they may want to do their own thing without their parents around - we'll see!"

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