AJ's Lotto sells winning Big Wednesday ticket

By Dylan Thorn, Scott Inglis


A Tauranga Lotto outlet is today celebrating after selling a winning $27 million Big Wednesday ticket.

AJ's Lotto on Devonport Rd sold the Division One prize to a lucky customer who has won $25,592,110 in cash plus luxury prizes.

If won by an individual it will be the third biggest prize in NZ Lotteries' history.

Big Wednesday First Division was last won in March when an Auckland family won $11.4 million.

The prize package has been jackpotting ever since.

Luxury prizes include $675,000 cash towards a bach, $50,000 towards luxury travel, a $50,000 Platinum VISA card, an Audi Q7, a Rayglass 2200 Boat and a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4.

The owner of AJ's Lotto, Jensen Zeng, last night told the Bay of Plenty Times he was "pretty excited" he had sold the ticket.

Mr Zeng, who has run the store with wife Linda since October 2003, said he had sold winning tickets before but nothing like this.

Mr Zeng said about 80 per cent of his customers were regulars and he hoped last night's winner was a loyal customer.

David McConnochie, an authorised financial adviser with Forsyth Barr in Tauranga, said the winner should take their time before making a decision on what to do.

The win would be an "absolute game changer" for anyone who was struggling through life.

He suggested they wait up to a year before deciding what to do.

OTHER BIG LOTTO WINS:

A young Western Bay family wins $13.3 million in Lotto Powerball in January 2008.

An $8.6 million Big Wednesday ticket is sold in Tauranga in July 2007.

Speculation is rife in Te Puke in April 2011 after the town sells a $1 million winning Lotto ticket.

A Tauranga couple wins $1 million in Lotto in November 2007.

Read more in today's Bay of Plenty Times

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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