Lotto winner recovers after fall

A Whangarei woman who tripped on stage after scooping $200,000 on a live Lotto draw on Saturday night is said to be in good shape and looking forward to spending her winnings.

The Winning Wheel contestant Janice, who does not want her surname released, fell on her back on stage in Wellington after spinning the wheel and being showered with glitter from the celebratory glitter cannon.

The retired widow, who has two children and four grandchildren, moved to Whangarei seven years ago.

Janice bought her winning ticket at Four Square in Parua Bay, after driving out from Whangarei with friends.

She said her fortune could have been a gift from her late husband.


"My husband passed away 26 years ago and we were married on 22 December," she

said. "It would be 50 years this year that we would be married - maybe it's him that sent the prize."

Janice said she would like to spend her winnings on a new car and a cruise around Alaska.

A Lottery spokesperson said Janice was okay and the Lotto set would be reviewed while the glitter cannon would be suspended.

Meanwhile, a lucky Lotto ticket customer of Woodys Winners in Wellsford in November scooped a $666,667 share of the First Division prize pool.

The man, who did not want to be named, said: "Woodys Winners had a big sign outside saying '12 First Division winning tickets sold here'. I was driving past, not long after the draw and I saw the 12 had been crossed out and instead they'd written 13."

"And I thought 'some lucky bugger's won it' - it wasn't until I checked my ticket a while later that I realised I was that lucky bugger," he said.

- Northern Advocate

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