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A Three Million Dollar Bowl Of Cocoa Pops

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22 August 2008 - A hard working family of eight from East Auckland are celebrating their luck after winning $3.17 million on Big Wednesday.

The father of the family bought his Big Wednesday ticket on impulse during a quick trip to Botany New World to stock up on cocoa pops. "With all our kids we go through a lot of cereal," he said.

"We were actually on our way to the $2 shop - as we had promised the kids to take them there as a big treat. However, we will be able to do a more shopping now and top of list will be travel - with hopefully a trip to Disneyland for the kids," he said.

The father found out he had bought the winning Big Wednesday ticket when he checked his numbers on the Internet. "I first thought I was imagining things when I saw that my numbers matched the winning numbers. It was not until I went and checked the ticket at the Lotto shop that I realised it was actually real and not a slight case of insanity.

"I always said you've got to be in to win - and now I know that is true," he said.

Other than their travel plans, the family plan to invest the money carefully to ensure their family are well looked after. "We will also be able to give the children a really good education now," the parents said.

This is the eighth time that Big Wednesday's First Division has been won this year.

The winning ticket, sold at Botany New World Lotto in Manukau, won a total prize package worth $2,997,140 made up of: - $2 million; - an Aston Martin V8 Vantage; - an Audi Q7; - a $250,000 American Express Platinum card; - a $250,000 luxury travel package; and - a Rayglass Legend 2500 boat.

In addition, the winner covered heads and tails on their ticket, so they also won the second division prize of $174,516. "All of our customers have been asking who has won - so we happy that it has been claimed by a local family. It has been a very exciting time for us in-store over the past couple of days," says Botany New World owner/operator Jason Witehira.

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