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Engagement, Fire, a Birthday and a $142,857 New Zealand Lotto Win all in 24 Hours

A couple from Auckland in New Zealand certainly had 24 hours they’ll never forget. There was an engagement, a fire and a $142,857 Lotto win on a birthday!

Paul and Lucy, who asked for their surnames not to be used, got engaged on the Friday July 8 during a romantic dinner. Perfect timing really as it was Lucy’s birthday the following day. Bruce Dunlap from North Carolina, USA won $150,000 on Powerball the day before his birthday.

The couple headed to Paul’s house in the Coromandel to tell his parents the great news. Lucy had been having this strange hunch all week that a winning new Zealand Lotto ticket was going to be sold at Papakura so they went there and purchased a lottery ticket. Luke and Emily Lange from Minnesota, USA, won $1m playing Powerball with a ticket purchased after a date.

They got to bed a “bit hungover” but were disturbed during the night by a fire downstairs. They put it out but it left the house badly smoke-damaged and with burnt floorboards. Lucy phoned her mother to tell her what had happened and joked her next call would be to tell her she’d won the Lotto. And that’s just what happened. Their new Zealand Lotto ticket had survived the fire and it won a First Division prize. A Canadian wild fire evacuee won a $1m Lotto 6/49 prize earlier this month.

It took Lucy about 20 minutes to convince Paul they’d won. Her hunch had come true as two of the seven first division winning tickets had been sold in Papakura. They now plan on using their new Zealand Lotto winnings on house repairs and their wedding early next year. Irishman Sean Cawley used his share of a €3.88m Irish Lotto win to repair a leak in his house.

“I told Paul he was lucky he put a ring on it when he did, as I was the one who bought the winning New Zealand Lotto ticket and put out the fire. I’m quite the good luck charm, really,” said the bride-to-be. Welsh woman Debbie Gregory won a £10,000 National Lottery scratchcard prize the day before her wedding.

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