A woman from Northland, New Zealand who was feeling hunger pangs found that her stomach was actually bringing her good luck as she ended up with a $500,000 First Division New Zealand Lotto win.
The winning New Zealand Lotto player, who decided not to be named as she claimed her prize, told lottery officials that it was because of her stomach that she found herself at Tony’s Stationary and Lotto store in Maungaturoto. “When I saw the Lotto store I thought ‘oh it’s Wednesday, I must get a ticket’. I was feeling a bit peckish so I thought I would stop in and get a quick snack while passing through town,” the winner told lottery officials. A California lottery winner got her $5 million fortune from a scratch card she bought while grocery shopping, while a Virginia pensioner who braved a storm to restock her cupboard won $1 million on a Mega Millions ticket bought on a whim.
Hunger pains subsided, the New Zealand Lotto player forgot all about her ticket until a couple of days after the draw took place, when her husband had the good mind to remind her to check the ticket. “My husband came home from work and said ‘did you hear someone in Maungaturoto won Lotto First Division, you didn’t get a ticket, did you?’,” she said.
She continued to tell lottery officials that she then remembered the New Zealand Lotto ticket she’d bought when she was hungry, and rushed to her handbag to get the ticket. “I checked it on the Lotto NZ App, which made a funny sound, and I thought ‘oh my God, could this be real?’” Supermarkets are certainly a theme for lottery winners: a couple of months ago an Irish syndicate of supermarket workers won on the EuroMillions.
The couple then checked the ticket again on their computer, with the winner admitting that they had to check it “at least half a dozen times” before they could really believe their luck. A recent New Zealand Powerball winners took home $44 million just days after being rejected for a mortgage, and the most recent winning couple told lottery officials, now that they $500,000 prize is in their bank account, that they plan to use it to pay off their mortgage, and after that, they have a little more flexibility in their finances for the future, just like a Saskatchewan couple who paid off their mortgage after a $1 million Lotto Max win. “We also want to surprise the kids. We are not sure how yet, but it’s certainly going to be a fun Christmas,” the New Zealand Lotto winner smiled.
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