Tauranga family's $7.1m Lotto win

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A Tauranga family has been left gobsmacked after winning $7.1 million with Powerball First Division last Wednesday.

The lucky numbers that helped the family become instant millionaires have been in the wider family for over 20 years - but the winners only rediscovered them recently.

"We were cleaning out some old drawers and discovered a family member's old Lotto tickets with the lucky numbers they played before they passed away.

"We figured why not give them another go - they could still have some luck about them," said one of the winners.

Then last week the family's lucky numbers came up, winning them a massive $7.1 million with Powerball - although they didn't find out for a couple of days.

"The day after the win Tauranga was abuzz with the big news - everyone was talking about it!

"Later in the morning I heard some guys at work talking about the win. They mentioned where the winning ticket had been sold and I thought 'huh, that's where I get ours'," said the winner.

But despite this, the winner was in no hurry to check their ticket.

"I had a few things to do, so didn't get a chance to head back to the store until late Friday afternoon. Then... boom!" laughed the winner.

"I checked the ticket under the self-checker and it flashed up 'First Division winner', so I tapped the lady behind the Lotto counter on the shoulder and said 'I think you'll want to see this.' And the rest is history!"

When it comes to spending their winnings, the winners are taking things one day at a time.

"We're gobsmacked and overwhelmed - we just can't believe it!

"We're going to celebrate as a family with fish and chips on the beach.

Other than that, who knows - it's just going to make life so much easier."

The winning ticket was purchased at AJ's Lotto in Tauranga.

This is the third Powerball win of 2016, with players in Timaru and Ohakune already winning major prizes with Powerball this year.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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