'I won $2m? You must be kidding '


A Napier man is $2 million richer after checking a Lotto ticket which had been sitting in his wallet for almost two weeks.

The mysterious millionaire had $6 in hand ready to buy another Lotto Lucky Dip on Monday, when a prize notification flashed up on the Lotto terminal.

"I thought it said $2000 and thought 'that's pretty handy', but then the Lotto lady handed the docket to me," the winner, who wished to remain anonymous, said. "I was gob-smacked when I realised it was $2 million."

Despite his new-found fortune, the middle-aged man and his wife would continue to work, but he said the money would certainly make their lives a little easier. "I've had a long list of odd-jobs to do around the house but now I can just pay someone else to do them."

The funds would be put in a bank account for six months, while they decided what to do, though there were already a few things on the wish-list.

"We can now afford to stay in much nicer places when we go away on holiday.

My wife has also been a big supporter of the Fred Hollows Foundation, so will no doubt increase her donations to that cause."

The winning ticket was sold and claimed at Countdown Carlyle in Napier and created a buzz in store.

"He comes in and gets a ticket each week, but he also buys them out of town, so he was quite pleased to win at his local," check-out manager Bridget Denny said.

"He just went into shock. There was no 'woo-hoo' or dancing, just shock. He said to the person serving him, 'you're having me on,' and she said, 'no, I'm not'. He was tossing up how to tell his wife - over the phone or in person."

Countdown Carlyle also sold a winning first-division ticket two years ago.

"Those people still shop with us and I would say this man will continue to do so. It's very strange because when they come into the store, you just give them a knowing look as if to say, 'I know you're a millionaire, but I won't tell'."

Saturday saw a rare triple jackpot of Lotto, Powerball and Strike, meaning $10.3 million is up for grabs this weekend.

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