Store happy with Lotto win

By Kiri Gillespie

A Mount Maunganui Lotto outlet is celebrating after selling a winning $9.83 million Powerball ticket.

The owner of Mount Paper Power, Tere Crookes, told the Bay of Plenty Times she was in disbelief when staff told her the store had sold the winning Lotto ticket.

The store has sold plenty of second-division winning Lotto tickets since Ms Crookes bought the business nine years ago but it was the first time it had sold a first-division winning ticket.

"I'm so happy and I don't even know who's won," Ms Crookes said.

"We are hoping it's one of the regulars. Most of them would probably come in to check if they won when they buy their new one."

A lotteries spokeswoman confirmed last night that no one had come forward to claim the prize, made up of $9,355,737 from Powerball First Division and $500,000 from Lotto First Division.

Ms Crookes was told of the winning ticket sale during a ladies' lunch with her two staff Yvonne Retter and Val Eastlake yesterday.

"We are just over the moon," she said.

Because the store does not open on Sundays, Ms Crookes anticipated it would be busy today.

Lotto spokeswoman Katy Atkin said if the $9.85m ticket holder was a regular Lotto player, it was likely they would claim their ticket in the two days following the win.

By edition time last night the prize had still not been claimed.

"It's definitely a waiting game until they come forward," Ms Atkin said. "At the moment, it's early days."

Ms Atkin said Lotto encouraged its big winners to travel to Wellington to claim their prize.

"Then we can talk them through the process of winning. Sometimes they are happy just to do it on their own, sometimes it can be a big thing to take in."

Ms Atkin said the win would mean a "massive change" for the winner.

"It's a life-changing win for them," she said.

"We are keen for them to get in touch."

Strike was also won by a lucky player in Tauranga, who has won $479,069.

The winning ticket was sold on NZ Lotteries online channel MyLotto, by a player in Tauranga.

The $9.83 million win comes after a Tauranga man in his 20s won Lotto's third biggest win of $27m in September.

The single man described himself as a "typical Kiwi bloke" who cares about the planet.

Anyone who bought their ticket from Mount Paper Power is encouraged to write their name on the back of the ticket and check it immediately at any Lotto outlet or online at

Big Lotto wins

  • A Tauranga man in his 20s wins Lotto's third biggest win of $27m in 2012 .

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

  • 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.

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

- Bay of Plenty Times

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