A couple from Wairarapa in New Zealand have been in a whirlwind since they won their $12.5 million prize on the New Zealand Lotto three weeks ago.
The lucky couple, who chose to remain anonymous when they first claimed their big prize, told lottery officials that they are slowly getting used to how their lives have changed since their New Zealand Lotto win. “It’s been a bit of whirlwind since we won,” they said. “Life is pretty busy for us, but this win has meant we can take some more time for ourselves.” A family from Wairarapa became winners of a $19.1 million New Zealand Powerball jackpot last year, when they split a huge top prize with another winner in November.
Despite winning a life-changing $12.5 million, they couple said that they have both continued working full time, and that they are trying to keep things as normal as possible. “The best part of winning so far has definitely been helping our family and seeing the enjoyment they are getting from the win.” A couple from Staffordshire in England who won £1 million on the EuroMillions lottery continued to work despite their millionaire status, while a woman from England who took home £1 million on the UK Lotto continued to work a 12 hour shift on Christmas Day.
The couple bought their winning lottery ticket for the New Zealand Lotto drawing on March 17th from The Kuripuni Lotto and Post Shop in Wairarapa, a store that has sold six top prize-winning tickets in the last 15 years. However, the couple said that they did forget to check their ticket for several weeks after the draw first took place. A Mega Millions winner from Illinois also described her first few weeks as a $393 million jackpot winner as a “whirlwind”.
“Everyone we have told so far couldn’t be happier – that it’s been well deserved,” the New Zealand Lotto winners said, adding that they reaction, both locally and from their families, has been very positive. The couple, despite being three weeks into their millionaire lives, haven’t spend a great deal of the money and still haven’t made any big plans for the jackpot.
“We are planning on treating our friends and family to a holiday soon though, which we’re really looking forward to,” they said. They have already enjoyed a weekend away with friends to celebrate, and they hope to be able to have another group holiday soon. A man from Doncaster in England who won £100,000 on a scratch card was able to take his family on their first ever family holiday thanks to the windfall.
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