Kiwi wheelchair man's $1m lotto win

Sam Flipp will be heading to LA and Las Vegas flying First Class with his winnings. Photo / Supplied
Sam Flipp will be heading to LA and Las Vegas flying First Class with his winnings. Photo / Supplied

Sam Flipp's friend Ben is one in a million.

Ben Harris spun the Lotto Winning Wheel in Wellington on Saturday because Sam has been in a wheelchair since he was eight years old, due to a rare degenerative disease.

And Ben bagged $1 million - making 22-year-old Sam of the Manawatu's dream of travel an immediate reality. Top of his wishlist is a trip to LA and Vegas flying First Class.

"Sam has been putting $20 away every week for his dream trip since he was 21, and now his dream is about to come true," said his mum Jeanette.

This is the first $1 million win on the Winning Wheel since September 2009. All Lotto players are automatically in the draw to win the opportunity to spin the wheel, regardless of the type of ticket they buy.

Players win a luxury weekend for two in Wellington, with a shopping trip with a stylist to get a new outfit for the live Lotto draw.

Sam and Ben weren't so keen on shopping with a stylist, so they bought All Black rugby shirts.

- APNZ

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