There has been much contention in New Zealand over which store is the luckiest in selling winning lottery tickets, with several different stores claiming the title, but that title might just have been taken over.
The Pukekohe Countdown store in Pukekohe, a region of Auckland on the North Island, sold two winning tickets for the New Zealand Lotto, each of which won $111,111, a share of the $1 million First Division prize that was available for the drawing on Saturday, November 28th and it might now take the title of New Zealand’s luckiest store away from the Unichem Stortford Lodge in Hastings, which is the luckiest so far with lottery prizes. Three other winning tickets were also sold in Auckland, one at each of the stores Neal’s Superette, Stop In Superette & Lotto and Countdown at Auckland Airport.
A spokesperson for the New Zealand Lotto said that it was “relatively rare” for one lottery retailer to sell two winning First Division tickets, although of course, nothing is unheard of. In fact, it is fairly uncommon for nine tickets to all win a share in the jackpot in one drawing, but lotto officials had a good theory for that.
After admitting that it’s not easy to speculate about the reason, New Zealand Lotto officials said “we do know that people like to play special dates like birthdays and anniversaries, and last night’s numbers are all under 31.” The lottery official continued to say that, as soon as the winners come forward, they will be interested to find out what special meaning this weekend’s winning New Zealand Lotto numbers had for them.
The Pukekohe store’s duty manager Rhonda Brown, said that she was unaware that her store had sold two lucky tickets for the same New Zealand Lotto drawing, but she admitted that it is not the first time the store has sold a winner. Earlier this year, Ms Brown sold two other first division winning tickets, around the same time that a store in Marlborough sold a lottery top prize to a couple who admitted their win was “bittersweet”, and last year she sold another jackpot prize winner.
“I suppose we’re lucky… yep, it’s had some wins,” was her modest conclusion, and she confirmed that this weekend’s winning tickets have not yet been claimed, and here’s hoping that they are claimed sooner rather than later, unlike a New Zealand Powerball winner who lost $2,000 per day as they failed to collect their prize.
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