A couple from Ashburton in New Zealand will be using some of their $22.2m Lotto jackpot winnings from the April 16 on their upcoming wedding.
The two winners are both in their mid-30s but have chosen to remain anonymous, Their lucky New Zealand Lotto numbers were: 03-04-19-20-28-35 and the all-important Powerball 04 giving them a $22m Powerball first division win and $200,000 from the Lotto first division.
The couple have been engaged for six years but now intend “getting hitched in style” and going on a 70-day cruise around Europe. They plan on sitting down with a bottle of wine on Friday and work out how to spend their winnings. Also possible are a shopping trip to Dubai, a new Ford Focus and setting money aside for their children. They are the latest big New Zealand Lotto winners after a player from Wainuiomata won a $1m prize on the same lottery.
The pair, who have been engaged for six years, describe themselves as “typical Kiwis” Despite being New Zealand Lotto millionaires they won’t be quitting their jobs. “We want to keep things as normal as possible.” Not so. Steven Peloquin from Pennsylvania USA, who retired after his $153m Mega Millions win. Bob Boehm from Iowa won a $1m Mega Millions prize but carried on working. So did English woman Trish Emson who was still working a decade after her £1.2m UK Lotto win.
It was the male half of the couple who purchased the winning New Zealand Lotto ticket online just minutes before the draw took place. They had a really busy weekend and checking their ticket didn’t cross their mind. On Monday it finally did and he began “shouting and staring at the computer screen in disbelief” when realizing their big win. His fiancé was in bed so he quickly told her the amazing news and she could barely speak.
The couple admitted they had dreamed of being huge Lotto winners. An Irish player dreamt he was a lottery winner and then found out he’d won €100,000 playing EuroMillions.
“We always said we’d get married and look after our family – and that’s exactly what we are doing” said the happy New Zealand lotto winning couple.
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