Sandra is a senior crimes and justice reporter for the Bay of Plenty Times.

Bay man's $14m lotto dream would boost charities

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Papamoa Pak'nSave Lotto supervisor Gloria Goebel selling a $14m Powerball Triple Dip ticket to regular customer Terry Hawkins. Photo/George Novak.
Papamoa Pak'nSave Lotto supervisor Gloria Goebel selling a $14m Powerball Triple Dip ticket to regular customer Terry Hawkins. Photo/George Novak.

Papamoa widower Terry Hawkins has $5m worth of reasons to win Wednesday's $14m Powerball draw, with five local charities set to get $1m each if he wins.

Mr Hawkins, 80, said he was a regular Lotto ticket buyer, and had also shopped at Papamoa Pak'nSave since it opened six years ago.

The Bay of Plenty Times caught up with him at Pak'nSave Papamoa Lotto today
buying a Powerball triple dip.

Last week the store sold a $1m ticket redeemed by a Tauranga couple, who wished to remain anonymous, but said they planned to buy a house.

Mr Hawkins said over the years he had the odd big win including a second prize in Golden Kiwi quite a few years ago, but nothing big.

"If I won $14m I wouldn't tell anyone. I would give $1m each to Waipuna Hospice, St John Ambulance, Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter, Starship Hospital and the SPCA."

Mr Hawkins said he and his late wife Marin, who would have turned 80 tomorrow, died on March 2 this year, five weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.

"Marin died peacefully at Waipuna Hospice. One million dollars would definitely go hospice because they gave her absolutely superb care," he said.

Mr Hawkins said he and his late wife had been married for 60 years, and recalls telling her mother that she was the girl he planned to marry when they first met when she was 12.

After reconnecting at a dance a few years later they immediately became an item, and the rest was history, he said.

Mr Hawkins said the other four charities were also worthy recipients, and needed funds to continue to deliver the excellent service people had come to expect from them.

"The rest of the money I would keep and share some with my family, including my two sons. I would also renovate the house which needs some attention, " he said.

"I would spend some of the balance on it myself...I can't wait for Gloria [store Lotto supervisor] to stop saying to me 'I'm sorry' when I go in to check my Lotto ticket."

Papamoa Pak'nSave Lotto supervisor Gloria Goebel said she and the other staff were rapt that the $1m winner was a local couple.

"Everyone is still really excited and when our customers find out the lucky punter is a Tauranga couple they're really happy and buzzing."

So far this year there have been 10 first division wins - Lotto, Powerball and Strike - in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty region, totalling $11.1m.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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